Within the past couple of weeks, the Santa Monica Police Department conducted an undercover decoy “shoulder tap” operation. Using a supervised underage decoy, the enforcement team visited three alcohol retail establishments in Santa Monica and made a total of 15 contacts. The decoys stood outside and solicited adult patrons to act as proxies and purchase alcohol on their behalf. One misdemeanor citation was issued.

Theoperations are geared towards adults who knowingly furnish alcoholic beverages to minors. The goal is to reduce substance abuse and enhance community welfare by limiting underage access to alcohol.

This operation 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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