Sheriff’s Dept., Alcoholic Beverage Control Crack Down On Underage Drinking

SAN DIEGO–The San Diego Sheriff‘s Department is partnering with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through a countywide grant to help combat underage drinking and other crimes that may occur at ABC-licensed establishments.

In July 2016, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department received an ABC grant of $100,000.  The money will be spent in communities patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department to help fight alcohol-related crimes and educate ABC-licensed businesses. The goal of the ABC Grant Assistance Program is to partner with local law enforcement agencies to help make communities safer. The cooperative efforts of the Sheriff’s Department and ABC are aimed at building positive working relationships between all stakeholders and increasing safety in San Diego County.

Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in partnering with the San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth and two minor decoys conducted a “Shoulder Tap” Operation at various locations in Encinitas.

The “Shoulder Tap” operation involved minors who tested patrons at establishments that sell liquor. The minor decoys tested patrons at three locations, attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages from patrons outside their establishments. Two patrons outside the businesses purchased alcohol for the decoys and were arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors.

ABC-related operations such as Shoulder Tap help reduce alcohol abuse and youth access to alcohol. Operations like these will continue through June 2017.

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