Alcohol Enforcement Efforts

Place of Last Drink (POLD)

Partnership for Change is working with agencies to collect data on the place of last drink for DUI and other offenders. We want to help communities and retailers take appropriate action to reduce overservice to young adults. One of the options for using the POLD data is implementing Retail Alcohol Vendor Education & Enforcement (RAVE), which involves a team visiting retailers identified as the place of last drink to RAVEprovide education, recommendations, and resources for responsible serving practices.

Partnership for Change, along with local law enforcement partners, launched POLD in February 2014. While Partnership for Change serves northwest Hennepin County, the POLD online data system is available to be used by any law enforcement department in Minnesota. Contact us for more information or visit POLD website.

Place of Last Drink Steering Committee:
James Long, Community Relations Officer Plymouth Police Department
Shane Mikkelson, Chief Osseo Police Department
Patrick Toohey, Sergeant Brooklyn Center Police Department

Source Investigations

Source investigations focus on identifying the illegal provider of alcohol when underage drinking is found. Rather than treating underage drinking parties as a nuisance, Partnership for Change is working with police and prosecutors so that they have the resources needed to investigate and hold accountable the illegal provider(s) of alcohol. In 20 Minnesota counties with a focus on source investigations (a project often called ZAP – Zero Adult Providers), they achieved an average 150% increase in the illegal provider charges in the first year of the project.

Source Investigations Task Force:
Adam Rolshouse, School Resource Officer Brooklyn Park Police Department
Angela Tschida, Officer Maple Grove Police Department

Alcohol Compliance Checks

Partnership for Change provides funding to police departments to support alcohol compliance checks. Partnership for Change has reviewed the most current research about effective compliance checks and offers funding to help departments meet best practice standards.

According to research, the most effective compliance check programs:

  • Conduct 3-4 rounds of compliance checks each year (even if not all license holders are checked in every round).
  • Ensure that all retailers are subject to compliance checks, including special event, seasonal, and temporary licenses.
  • Conduct a re-check within 90 days on retailers that fail a compliance check.