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Police have power of entry to any licensed premises at any reasonable time and may require to see the licence or any records required to establish compliance with the Act. (s.267) They may also seize alcohol and containers without a warrant for the purpose of analysis. (s.268(2))

Functions of the police include:

  • enquiring into all applications for licences, manager’s certificates and renewals (s.103(3))
  • monitoring licensed premises’ compliance with the Act
  • reporting to the DLC or ARLA where there are matters in opposition
  • ordering the closure of a licensed premises in the case of rioting, fighting or serious disorder, a threat to public health, public nuisance or for certain criminal offences (s.266)
  • applying to ARLA for the variation, suspension or cancellation of a licence
  • advising ARLA when a licensee or manager has been convicted of an offence relating to the sale and supply of alcohol to minors, unauthorised sale or supply, sale or supply to intoxicated persons, or allowing persons to become intoxicated
  • issuing infringement notices
  • prosecuting breaches of the law.