High Number Of Woodbury Businesses Fail Alcohol, Tobacco Compliance Checks

The police department used “more realistic-aged decoys” recently, leading to the increase.

Woodbury saw an unusually high number of businesses fail recent alcohol- and tobacco-compliance checks.

Why was that?

“We used more realistic-aged decoys,” said Wendy Simone, investigative technician with the . “That made a profound difference. We haven’t had this many failures in a long time.”

The police department typically puts the word out internally for decoys, Simone said, and officers worked to get more age-appropriate people for the recent checks.

The decoys don’t use fake identification—they use their own IDs or claim they left it in the car.

When a business fails a compliance check, the employee who sold the alcohol or tobacco is charged with a gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor, respectively. Police have the option of issuing a warning or $500 citation to the offending business. They usually choose the latter.

“We take this extremely seriously,” Simone said.

Police also assume there’s some contact between businesses when officers do compliance checks, so they try to spread the effort out over a few months, Simone said. Officers try to check every alcohol- or tobacco-selling business in Woodbury once a year.

Compliance Failures


  • (Eagle Creek Lane)


  • (Queens Drive)
  • (Woodlane Drive)
  • (Lake Road Terrace)
Rob January 05, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Do they give a list who passed?
Kris Janisch January 06, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Sorry Robert, didn't think to ask about that one. Next time they go around I'll try to get those that did.
38 YEAR WDBY RESIDENT January 06, 2012 at 05:38 PM
How many business were checked, you state a "HIGH" number, you list 5 for each, that does not seem like a HIGH number when you look at all of the businesses in Woodbury. It would be nice to see that at Zero but people do make mistakes.
Kris Janisch January 06, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Good point Gene. The officer said it was a lot more than usual. I'll check back and update the story.
Thomas Paine January 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM
So Woodbury businesses have gotten too good at preventing underage sales that the Woodbury PD had to resort to early blooming decoys to raise revenues? What happened to fighting crime rather than trying to create it?


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