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Rancho Cordova Police awarded grant to combat underage drinking
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Rancho Cordova Police awarded grant to combat underage drinking

The Rancho Cordova Police Department was recently awarded grant funding to conduct underage alcohol decoy operations.

Police officers and Alcoholic Beverage Control Investigators will conduct operations to prevent minors from obtaining alcohol. Minor Decoy operations are compliance checks in which teenagers, under the direct supervision of police officers, attempt to purchase alcohol from retail licensees. Those who sell to the minors face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation.  In addition, ABC may take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license, which can result in a fine, suspension of the license, or permanent revocation of the license. 

Minor Decoy operations have been conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state since the 1980s. When the program first began, the violation rate of retail establishments selling to minors was as high as 40 to 50 percent. When conducted on a routine basis, the rate has dropped in some cities to as low as 10 percent.  In 1994, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the use of underage decoys is a valid tool for law enforcement to ensure that alcoholic beverage licensees are complying with the law. 

The Shoulder Tap program targets adults who purchase alcohol for minors on or around licensed businesses. Minor decoys, under the direct supervision of police officers, approach and ask adult patrons of stores, bars or restaurants to buy them alcohol. The minors make clear to the patrons that they are underage and cannot purchase the alcohol themselves. If an adult purchases alcohol for a decoy, the police officers detain and cite the adult for furnishing alcohol to the minor. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service. Shoulder Tap operations have proven to be an effective deterrent to the furnishing of alcohol to minors.

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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