BERLIN - Members of the police department continue to take a proactive approach in preventing alcohol-related accidents through an educational and informative program.

The department has teamed up with Servers & Managers Alcohol Responsibility Training programs to provide both with the knowledge and training needed to run a safe and efficient business.

"We've always done some type of alcohol education program with business owners," said Sergeant Chris Ciuci. "Our primary mission is public safety, so if we can offer a program like this to avoid people getting to that state, it's just another level of safety."

The S.M.A.R.T program is a three-hour workshop that discusses the different effects alcohol has on people and what to look for when serving someone who has had too much to drink.

"The S.M.A.R.T programs work; what we teach are the types of things that everyone needs to know," said Elizabeth Trendowski, president and founder of the SMART program.

According to Trendowski, Connecticut and Oklahoma are the only two states that offer business owners the opportunity to purchase a license decoder to ensure the patron is really 21. The $15 decoder is placed on top of a legitimate license and works to detect the hidden items that each state is supposed to contain on their licenses but are not visible to the naked eye.

The S.M.A.R.T workshop will run from 6 to 9 p.m. and take place at the Berlin Community Center. The cost for the class is $22.50 and includes a manual.

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