SAN DIEGO–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 2013, the San Diego County 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 increase safety in San Diego County.
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.
They also conducted a “Shoulder Tap” operation in front of local retail liquor stores where San Diego County teenagers asked adults to purchase them alcohol. Adults who purchased alcohol for the teens were arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors (a misdemeanor offense). One adult was arrested in as a result of the operation.
ABC related operations such as Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap help reduce alcohol abuse and opportunities for minors to get alcohol. 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.