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Whittier Police Participate in ABC Grant, "Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation"

Posted On: March 13, 2018

In July, 2017, the Whittier Police Department, in collaboration with the Bell Gardens Police Department and Downey Police Department, entered into a grant contract funded by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Over the past several months, the Whittier Police Department has worked closely with ABC to offer public education training for business owners and their respective employees, in addition to conducting several alcohol related enforcement operations.

On March 10, 2018, the Whittier Police Department, along with Officers from approximately 70 Police and Sheriff’s Departments throughout the state, participated in a statewide “Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation.”  Under the “Shoulder Tap” program, a minor, under the direct supervision of a peace officer, will stand outside a liquor store or convenience store and ask customers who enter the establishment to purchase alcohol for them.  The minor indicates they are under 21-years-old and cannot purchase alcohol.  If the adult agrees to purchase alcohol and does such, they receive a citation for furnishing alcohol to a minor. 

During the operation, Officers from the Whittier Police Department assisted with the issue of 2 citations for adults furnishing alcohol to a minor.  Collectively, the statewide operation totals from the 70 agencies who participated resulted in 364 individuals being cited or arrested.  Of these, 286 people were cited for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors and 78 people were cited or taken into custody for various crimes such as drug possession, public drunkenness, possession of an open alcoholic container, minor in possession of alcohol and outstanding warrants.  The operation was an effort to build safer and stronger communities by holding individuals accountable for illegal activity that creates harm. Statistics show that over 4,000 young people die from alcohol related tragedies every year.

The Whittier Police Department is committed to addressing alcohol related issues affecting the quality of life in our community.  We encourage citizens with information about patrons and/or establishments selling alcohol to minors to call the Whittier Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team at (562) 567-9269 or, for immediate response, the main police line at (562)567-9200.