County law enforcers join shoulder tap operation
On March 14, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Truckee Police Department, participated in a statewide operation organized by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
The operation was a “shoulder tap” operation, where agencies utilize minor decoys (young adults between 18 and 20 years old) and solicit adults to purchase alcohol for them.
The minor decoys are typically standing out in front of a location where alcohol is sold, such as a gas station, liquor store or grocery store.
If an adult agrees to and actually purchases the alcohol for the minor, they are then detained and typically cited and released for furnishing alcohol to minor in violation of 25658(a) B&P.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office along with the Grass Valley Police Department, Nevada City Police Department, and the Truckee Police Department, received a grant this year from Alcoholic Beverage Control to conduct such enforcement and educational operations.
The goals of the operation are to reduce underage consumption of and access to alcoholic beverages by deterring adults from furnishing to them outside of licensed premises; expand the involvement of local law enforcement in enforcing underage drinking laws; and raise public awareness about the problem currently existing.
Overall there were just under 100 law enforcement agencies participating in the statewide operation on Saturday. Statewide, 400 people were cited or arrested as result of the combined effort.
The operations in Nevada County targeted locations in South County, Penn Valley, Grass Valley and Truckee.
Overall, seven people were either cited or arrested as a result of the operation, with the majority of arrests coming from the South County and Penn Valley areas.
The statewide operation is intentionally set up each year to take place on the Saturday prior to St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday commonly associated with a lot of alcohol consumption.
The hope is by conducting proactive enforcement early in the year, it will help curtail the availability of alcohol to juveniles during the busier months of the year.
All of this activity could not have been completed without the support and assistance from the participating agencies of the law enforcement in Nevada County, and funding of the grant and organizational help from the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.
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