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Press Release: End of Grant Assistance Program by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Agency: Special Enforcement Team
Station Area: Jurupa Valley
Written Date: June 19, 2019 Time: 5:00 PM
Incident Date: July 01, 2018 – June 30, 2019 Time: Various Times
Incident Location: Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Norco, Calimesa, San Jacinto, Calimesa, Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Armendariz
File Number(s): Numerous


The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department was awarded a $ 97,815.00 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) for 2018-2019. The grant funded operations for several programs to battle alcohol related crime, combat underage drinking, and educate licensees about alcoholic beverage laws. The grant covered the cities and unincorporated areas serviced by the Jurupa Valley Station, Hemet Station, Cabazon Station, Palm Desert Station, and the contract cities: Calimesa, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Indian Wells, Norco, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and San Jacinto.

Deputies conducted Minor Decoy, Shoulder Tap, General Enforcement, Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol-Related Crime Tendency (IMPACT), and classes for licensees and their employees that are taught through ABC’s Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) program.

17 Minor Decoy operations were conducted in which minors, under the direct supervision of deputies, attempted to purchase alcohol from approximately one hundred and twenty-five retail ABC licensees. Ten ABC retail licensees were cited for selling alcohol to minors. Those who sold to the minor face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation. In addition, ABC will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business where alcohol was sold to a minor. That may include a fine, a suspension of the license, or the permanent revocation of the license.

14 Shoulder Tap operations were conducted in which adults would purchase alcohol for minors on or around ABC licensed businesses. Minor decoys, under the direct supervision of deputies, approached and asked patrons of stores, bars or restaurants to buy them alcohol. During this grant twenty-five adults were arrested during the Shoulder Tap operations for furnishing/selling alcohol to minors 25658 (a) BP.

6 General Enforcement Operations were conducted involving deputies and local ABC agents. The focus of the operations were to reduce underage access to alcohol by halting the sale of alcohol to minors from Bars, restaurants and retail sales locations. A total of 7 locations were visited and 5 adults were arrested for selling or furnishing alcohol to minors.

12 IMPACT program operations were conducted and a total of fifty-seven ABC Licensee retail locations were visited. The focus of these operations was to reduce alcohol related crime in and around ABC licensed premises through inspections and education to ensure compliance in the communities they are conducting business.

3 LEAD program classes provided practical information on serving alcoholic beverages safely and responsibly. The classes were free of charge for licensees and their employees. They are meant to teach them through ABC’s Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) programs.  The methods learned taught ABC Licensees many opportunities on how to prevent illegal activity at ABC licensed establishments.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will continue to collaborate and provide education and enforcement to ensure compliance of ABC establishments within the communities it serves in Riverside County.

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Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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