Today, Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock and Jim Lynch, the Director of Montana Department of Transportation, launched Montana’s own Cops In Shops program. Check out coverage of the event here.

Cops In Shops, a program The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has been supporting since 1995, focuses on underage drinkers trying to buy alcohol as well as those purchasing for minors. The program places undercover officers in participating retail locations. Often one undercover officer works inside the store while a second officer is positioned outside the establishment to apprehend adults who procure alcohol for youth.

Participating retail establishments will also display signs in their establishments like the one below, provided by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.

39% of underage drinkers say getting in trouble with the law is their top worry about underage drinking. For this reason, we’re very glad to have Montana as the 49th state to participate in Cops In Shops!