Bar and restaurant owners can reduce their risks and liquor liability insurance by participating in the BASSET (Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training) program, offered by the Evanston Police Department.

Liquor licensees are required to have a manager on site that has gone through the training. Participants in the program can include owners, operators and employees who will be equipped to serve alcohol responsibly and prevent underage sales.

The next scheduled course will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the training room of the Evanston Fire Department Headquarters, 909 Lake St. To enroll in this course, contact Kerry Demski, Community Strategies Bureau, (847) 866-5019 or Class space is limited.

Registrants should provide the names of attendees, business, phone numbers, and email addresses.

The skills participants will acquire in BASSET include recognizing when a patron is intoxicated, telling an intoxicated customer that service is discontinued, intervening to get an intoxicated person alternative transportation, determining the validity of an ID, documenting all incidents and potential incidents, providing better customer service, and gaining a working knowledge of state and local laws.

The Evanston Police Department was empowered and directed by L.I.F.E. Training Programs, Inc., and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission to license and administer the BASSET program, which provides training to owners, operators and employees in the alcohol beverage industry.

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