Statewide Shoulder Tap Operation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2017
Contact: Saul Rodriguez, Lieutenant
On March 11, 2017, officers from the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD)
joined forces with law enforcement agencies throughout California in a
Statewide Shoulder Tap Operation Day. The
operation utilized a decoy, under the age of 21 and supervised by an
enforcement team, to assist in the operation.
Underage Decoy Shoulder Tap operations are focused on adults who
knowingly furnish alcoholic beverages to minors. The goal is to reduce
substance abuse and enhance community welfare by limiting underage access to
alcoholic beverages. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum
$1,000 fine and/or 24 hours of community service.
The enforcement team visited 4 Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) licensed
retail establishments in the city of Santa Monica. The decoy remained outside of the
establishments and solicited 77 adult patrons to act as proxies to purchase
alcohol on their behalf. During the
operation, one misdemeanor citation for furnishing a minor with alcohol was
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.