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Press Release: Minor Decoy Operation
Agency: Palm Desert SET/BDT and Agents of California Alcoholic Beverage Control
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: May 20, 2019 Time: 12:25 PM
Incident Date: May 17, 2019 Time: 7:00 PM
Incident Location: Sergeant Robert Garcia
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Robert Garcia
File Number(s): T191370126


On Friday, May 17, 2019, at 7:00 PM, members of the Palm Desert Special Enforcement Team/Business District Team and Agents of the California Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC), conducted a shoulder tap operation with minors under the age of 21 years of age. Under the program, a minor under direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is under age and cannot purchase the alcohol.

If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, Deputies and Agents then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor. The operation took place in two retail licensees in the city of Palm Desert. During this operation one adult was arrested for furnishing/selling alcohol to minors 25658 (a) BP.

The operation is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics show they generally have a higher rate of drunk driving crashes than adults. Studies also show the combination of alcohol and youth tend to increase chances of risky behavior and juvenile delinquency, compromise health and result in unintentional injury or death.

ABC in conjunction with the Riverside Sheriff’s Department is conducting the compliance checks statewide to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Conducting shoulder tap operations are a tool of law enforcement to ensure that adults are complying with the law. Operations will continue within the jurisdiction of the Palm Desert Station.

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Troyer at the Palm Desert Station, 760-836-1600.

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