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Posted on: March 13, 2018

Anaheim Police Department Conducts Minor Decoy Operation

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ANAHEIM, CALIF (March 13, 2018) The Anaheim Police Department’s Vice Unit conducted a Shoulder Tap Operation at six Anaheim locations on March 10, 2018. The operation resulted in six citations for purchasing alcohol for a minor and one citation for drinking in public.


Shoulder tap operations target retail establishments that have Department of Alcoholic Beverage licenses. Under the program, minor decoys contact customers and ask them to purchase alcohol for them. The minors are directed to reveal their age if asked.


The sale of alcohol to a minor, or providing alcohol to a minor is a criminal offense and the business is subject to administrative penalties by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, including the suspension or revocation of their license to sell alcoholic beverages.


When the Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap programs first began in the 1980s, the violation rate of retail establishments selling to minors was as high as 40 or 50 percent. When the program is conducted on a routine basis, the rate has dropped to as low as 10 percent in some cities.


This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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