Bartenders and servers, and people training to be bartenders and servers, had the chance to learn how to serve responsibly Tuesday night at the La Crosse Country Club.
The La Crosse Police Department, the La Crosse County Health Department, Changing the Culture of Risky Behavior Coalition, and the Coulee Council on Addictions co-sponsored the free training session, called TIPS, or Training Intervention Procedures.
Bartenders and servers in the training session learned the laws of serving alcohol. Officer Kurt Weaver of the La Crosse Police Department said, "It's important that people have this training so they can realize, if they are going to be working in this industry, they do have some responsibilities that go along with that."
Students in the training session had the chance to see and feel fake IDs, learned how to identify over-intoxication, and looked at some of the science behind measures of blood alcohol content.
The training was about more than just the legalities of serving alcohol though. The session also focused on giving bartenders and servers the skills to deal with customers safely and respectfully. La Crosse County Health Educator Al Bliss said, "They might have to turn away somebody, and they need to feel comfortable to be able to refuse to serve somebody, and they need to know, you know, how can I say that without, you know, offending or confronting somebody."
TIPS training sessions are also being planned for June and December.