Operation: ABC Decoy Shoulder Tap Operations
Date/ Time: Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 3 PM – 8 PM
Location: Various Off-Sale Alcohol Premises in the City of Napa
Charges: B&P 25658(a) - Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor (4 citations issued)
On Saturday, March 11, 2017, the Napa Police Department (NPD) conducted a “Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation” program. NPD’s shoulder tap operation coincided with statewide should tap operations coordinated by the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). The goal of the operation was to raise awareness about the dangers of underage drinking and make it clear to adults that buying alcohol for minors is illegal.
Under the “Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation,” a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer stood 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. This program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.
In Saturday’s Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation, supervised decoys stood outside of four markets and convenience stores within the City of Napa and asked twenty adults to purchase alcohol for them. Of those contacts, 4 adults purchased alcohol for the decoys. Those adults were arrested and released with a citation by NPD for furnishing alcohol to a minor in violation of Business & Professions (B&P) 25658(a), a misdemeanor punishable by a minimum $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service. (Source California Legislative Information http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)
Saturday’s operation was part of ABC’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the Department’s Grant Assistance Program (GAP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
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