GFPD begins 'Raising the Bar' program

GFPD begins 'Raising the Bar' program Click to Enlarge

The Grand Forks Police Department is starting a program aimed at creating safer environments at local establishments serving alcohol.

It’s called “Raising the Bar,” according to Police Corporal Jon Lampi.

"With the bar scene, there come many specific problems," he said, "whether it's over-consumption of alcohol, bar fights, assaults. We're trying to look at ways we can limit those alcohol-related crimes. That's why we're trying to partner with the local establishments. We want to hear what they have to say and how we can better help serve them."

In addition to alcohol retailers, Lampi said the partnership also involves the CVIC and area universities.

Lampi said that in any given month, about 30 fake IDs are reported.

"Our liquor establishments are doing a great job, but I think everybody, no matter what business we're in...we all have that opportunity to 'raise the bar.'"

Participation in the program is voluntary. An inaugural workshop is set for March 3rd at a site to be named. Any alcohol retailer can R-S-V-P through the P-D. Earlier this week, Lampi said he had received about 15 R-S-V-Ps.

Lampi said about 90 alcohol retailers are licensed in Grand Forks.

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