Cary PD Aims to Curb Underage Alcohol Purchases ahead of Holiday with Operation Blackjack
- The Cary Police Department is partnering with teen volunteers for Operation Blackjack, a campaign that reminds local establishments to check identification cards before selling alcohol.
- On Friday, December 20, School Resource Team officers and high school volunteers will shop a variety of stores to ensure compliance with alcohol sell laws.
- Media are invited to contact Lt. Katherine Christian for interviews.
Cary, NC – The Cary Police Department is reminding local establishments not to gamble with alcohol sales this holiday season. Operation Blackjack, its annual campaign to ensure compliance with alcohol sell laws and regulatory checks of minors, returns this year on Friday, December 20. The police department’s School Resource Team will partner with teen volunteers to shop a variety of businesses that sell alcoholic beverages in Cary and check that clerks are asking for proper identification. This year’s operation will pair 11 officers and four teen volunteers.
“We’re reminding everyone to do their part to keep celebrations safe and reserve alcohol for adults,” said Lt. Katherine Christian of the Cary Police Department. “For consumers, make sure you are prepared to show proper identification at the point of purchase, no matter your age. If you’re going to be selling alcohol, know that you’ll be held accountable, not the business.”
Minors who violate laws against purchase, possession, or consumption of alcohol and adults who violate the law against giving alcohol to a minor or allowing a minor to use the adult’s identification to obtain alcohol, will face charges of a Class 1 Misdemeanor, which carries a range of consequences, including probation and up to $1,000 in fines.
Operation Blackjack is one of the Cary Police Department’s routine initiatives designed to keep the community safe. Other campaigns include Booze It or Lose It, School’s In/Speed’s Out and Click It or Ticket.
**Media Note: Lt. Katherine Christian and Senior Police Officer Dion Cherry will be available for interviews on December 20 by request.
Katherine Christian, Services Lieutenant, (919) 319-4513
Dion Cherry, Senior Police Officer/School Resource Team, (919) 469-4012
Deanna Hawkes, Public Safety Communications, (919) 380-4240