Pomona – The Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Operation is a method that has been known to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.
The Pomona Police Department is doing their part in making a concerted effort to reduce the amount of alcohol that is available to minors on the streets of Pomona. Officers participated in an operation on February 15 at various liquor/convenient store locations throughout the city of Pomona.
Here is how it works: Under the direct supervision of officers, one 19 year old minor and one 20 year old minor were sent to various liquor/convenient stores throughout the city of Pomona. They would wait outside the establishment for an adult patron to enter, inform them that they were less than 21 years of age, and then ask them if they would buy some alcohol for them.
Eleven adults were contacted and five of them offered to buy the alcohol for the minors working undercover. The adult suspects were immediately detained by the officers on the scene, after they supplied the minors with the alcohol. The officers then made sure that none of the suspects had any outstanding warrants. After it was determined that they didn’t have any warrants the officers issued each a citation to each suspect for penal code violation 25685(a)BP – Sell/furnish Alcohol to a Minor violation.
This project 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. ■