Courtesy Tom Weitzel, Chief of Police

Riverside Police Department announces the recent results of the tobacco compliance checks. These compliance checks are performed to determine if local tobacco retailers are complying with local minimum-age tobacco laws which prohibit the sale of tobacco to minors.

With the help from a grant awarded by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission%u201Fs “Kids Can%u201Ft Buy “Em Here” Tobacco Enforcement Program, The Riverside Police Department has been educating tobacco retailers on minimum-age tobacco laws and the importance of verifying the age of their customers while conducting compliance checks of area tobacco retailers.

Tobacco retailers were inspected in the second of three rounds of compliance checks on all tobacco retailers in the community. A total of four tobacco retailers; Minuteman Gas Center, Marathon Gas Center, Riverside Wine & Spirits and 7-11 were inspected for compliance and all were found to be in compliance of the law by not selling tobacco products to a minor.

“As a department, we are thrilled that we continue to have a 100% voluntary compliance by our local businesses”, stated Officer Eric Katzin. RPD will continue to educate all retail clerks on minimum-age tobacco laws and age verification techniques so that we can keep our perfect compliance rates.

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