State police completed a two-month effort to raise awareness about underage drinking near several regional college campuses this month, including Penn State York and York College.

The Harrisburg office for the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement works with local police departments to monitor underage drinking for the first two months of the semester, said Officer Gregory Harvat, acting district office commander.

Harvat said state police monitored the area around York College five times since the semester began. No underage drinking citations were issued during those visits, but Harvat said 14 citations were issued in other counties the department monitors.

Harvat said police conducted six age compliance checks in York, where an underage intern attempts to buy alcohol from bars and restaurants. Of those six checks, four sold alcohol to the minor.

Harvat said a greater emphasis on the effort is to raise public awareness about underage drinking, which the officer said he believes has been successful.

Harvat said the department is limited in what they can do because of the large area they cover, but respond to complaints as they can.

"We'll give any assistance we can to local police departments that are dealing with it every day," Harvat said.

The Harrisburg office oversees nine counties in Pennsylvania, including York, Lancaster, Adams, Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, Lebanon, Franklin and Juniata.



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