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Free Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Class is April 16

4/16/2012

FHN Family Counseling Center's Partnership for Success Project, with support from the Freeport Police Department, is pleased to offer a Free Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education Training (BASSET) to Freeport area businesses that sell and serve alcohol.

BASSET, regulated by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, is constructed as an alcohol awareness program specifically designed for alcohol sellers and servers. BASSET is a four-hour training and will be held on Monday, April 16 at the Moose Club in Freeport. There will be 2 four-hour sessions held from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and from 1 – 5 p.m.; in this way employers may send more of their employees to this free class; either in the morning OR in the afternoon.

The Freeport Police Department supports the BASSET program for area alcohol retailers. "Educating those who sell and provide alcohol will enhance accountability and awareness and reduce underage sales of alcohol to minors," stated Freeport Chief of Police Jerry Whitmore.

The BASSET training will include the physical properties of alcohol, state statutes, local ordinances and DUI laws, identification techniques and dram shop information. BASSET is a resource and tool for local merchants to use to ensure compliance with state and local laws on alcohol sales and use.

FHN Family Counseling Center's Partnerships for Success Project (PFS) is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services. The project works toward reducing underage drinking in the Freeport community. Questions regarding this program or requests for more information on BASSET should be directed to Sharon Mockridge, FHN Family Counseling Center at 815-599-7344 or smockridge@fhn.org.