The City of Zion passed an ordinance in March 2011 requiring all servers and sellers of alcohol to be BASSET (Beverage Alcohol Server Seller Education Training) trained. The Coalition holds a BASSET license from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission and has four individuals trained in the TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) Program. Training is provided for community businesses in three categories:
- On premises for bars and restaurants
- Off premises for liquor stores, convenient stores
During the BASSET training servers and sellers learn the following:
- Physical Properties of Alcohol, Drugs and Alcoholism
- Customer Prevention and Intervention Techniques
- Illinois State Statues, Local Ordinances and DUI Laws
- Proper Identification Techniques
In 2012, the Coalition will be collaborating with CREW to provide BASSET training for the community.
The Zion Police Department conducts Tobacco and Alcohol compliance checks several times per year. These checks are conducted by using underage buying agent along with a police officer in plain clothes. The agent and officer enter the business and attempt to purchase cigarettes or alcohol. If a sale is made, then a uniformed officer enters the business and informs them of the violation. The seller is issued a citation and a court date. I must commend our businesses in Zion. We have very few violations since the program began. Where violations have occurred, corrective action has been quickly taken by the business owner. Our buying agents always have a great learning experience working with our officers.