October 20, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – On October 17, a shoulder-tap operation was conducted by the Sheriff’s Department and other agencies to see if retail outlets are illegally selling alcohol to minors in Santee, Alpine, Lakeside, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, and unincorporated El Cajon.
Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Agents from Alcohol Beverage Control, and three minor decoys conducted a "Minor Decoy" and "Shoulder Tap" Operation at various locations in the East County. The operation involved minors who tested "on-sale" and "off-sale" establishments. The minor decoys tested retailers and servers at a number of locations in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages inside their establishments. Three employees sold alcohol to the decoys.
Sheriff's Deputies and ABC Agents also conducted a "Shoulder Tap" operation in front of local retail liquor stores where teenagers asked adults to purchase alcohol for them.
Adults who purchased alcohol for the teens were arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors (a misdemeanor offense). One adult was arrested as a result of the operation.
The San Diego Sheriff‘s Department is partnering with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through a county-wide grant to help combat underage drinking and other crimes that may occur at these ABC licensed establishments. In July, the Sheriff’s Department received an ABC grant of $100,000. The money will be spent in the communities patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department to help fight alcohol related crimes and educate ABC licensed businesses.
The goal of the ABC Grant Assistance Program is to partner with local law enforcement agencies to help make communities safer. ABC related operations such as Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap help reduce alcohol abuse and opportunities for minors to get alcohol, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Operations like these will continue through June 2014.
Anyone with information on licensed liquor establishments providing alcohol to minors can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477, or call the Sheriff's Department non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.