Police conducting sting operations to catch those helping minors buy alcohol
The Paso Robles Police Department, in partnership with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, will conduct several decoy shoulder tap and minor decoy operations between now and August 30.
The goal is to reduce youth access to alcohol and send a clear message that it is illegal for adults to purchase or provide alcohol to persons under the age of 21, the department says in a press release.
The minor decoy program uses individuals, who are under the age of 20, to attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages at ABC licensed premises. If an individual sells to the minor decoy, the seller is issued a criminal citation. In addition, the ABC may file administrative disciplinary action against the licensee.
The decoy shoulder tap program uses individuals who are under the age of 21, to identify people who furnish alcoholic beverages to minors outside ABC licensed establishments. This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Decoy Shoulder Tap/Minor Decoy Mini-Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
These programs have proven to be an effective tool, which law enforcement agencies have used to reduce the availability of alcoholic beverages to minors, police say. These programs support the police department’s mission to work with the community to build trust and provide quality service that actively prevents crime, reduces the fear of crime, and promotes safety.