Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation in Arcata
Press release from Arcata Police Department:
The Arcata Police Department, in conjunction with Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), and Officers from approximately 80 local Police and Sheriff’s Departments arrested 432 individuals during a statewide underage drinking enforcement operation. ABC joined forces with law enforcement throughout California in a Statewide Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation. The operation was conducted to help reduce youth access to alcohol and make the streets safer.
ABC agents and local law enforcement conducted a program called a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation. Under the program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol. If the adults agree, and purchase alcohol for the minor, officers then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service. The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.
The Arcata Police Department contacted 26 people during this operation, with one person being arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors. Statewide over 380 individuals were cited for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors; however, almost 50 persons were booked for crimes such as possession of illegal drugs, driving under the influence, parole violations and outstanding warrants.