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2016 B.A.R.S Trainings

Free B.A.R.S. (Be A Responsible Server) Training

August 8 - October 17 - December 12

What: Chapel Hill Police Dept. will host a free B.A.R.S. Training Session
Where: Chapel Hill Courthouse, 175 E. Franklin St.
When: 7 pm on August 8, October 17, December 12

The training is FREE and you do not have to register. It is open to all employees, managers, and owners of businesses in Chapel Hill. 

The training will familiarize new and veteran employees of ABC outlets with alcohol laws and regulations; specifically covering sales to underage persons, fraudulent identifications, sales to intoxicated persons, and general ABC laws and regulations.  

The training will also include RAISE THE BAR; a bystander intervention training specifically for bar staff, giving them the tools to recognize and intervene when they see warning signs of drug facilitated sexual assault. For more information on Raise the Bar, visit:

The Chapel Hill Police Department is now offering the B.A.R.S Training in your business, scheduled at a day and time that works for you!  If your staff scheduling doesn't allow you to make it to the August, October, or December B.A.R.S. Trainings, you can schedule a training for your entire staff at a more convenient time.  
If you would like to set up a business-specific B.A.R.S. Training or have questions, contact Officer Mike Mineer of the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-932-2997 or

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Introducing Elinor Landess

Elinor is the newest member of the Downtown Partnership team, serving as Campus and Community Coalition Director for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Issues. Look for more information on the work of the Campus and Community Coalition later in the summer. 
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