Rocklin, Roseville & Lincoln Collaborate to Increase Compliance for Alcohol Minimum-Age Purchase Law
These operations can increase the percentage who comply with minimum-age purchase laws

Police Departments from Rocklin, Roseville, and Lincoln are working together with the State of California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to combat alcohol related violations in the South Placer County Area.  

As part of a grant from Alcoholic Beverage Control, officers work with investigators from the ABC to conduct “minor decoy” and “shoulder tap” operations in the cities of Rocklin, Roseville and Lincoln, focusing on establishments which sell alcohol. 

Officers collaborate on each operation, strengthening partnerships and providing a directed enforcement approach and education opportunity.

About the Minor Decoy Program
The minor decoy program has been recognized as an excellent method to attack the problems associated with the unlawful purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by young people. Additionally, these operations can markedly increase the percentage of establishments who comply with the minimum-age purchase law. 

Decoys are truthful about their age and produce valid and accurate identification, if asked. After each operation is completed, letters are sent to the businesses involved to let them know whether the store was successful or not in identifying the minor prior to selling alcoholic beverages.

 When the program first began in California in the late 1980s, the violation rate of retail establishments selling to minors was as high as 40 to 50 percent. When conducted on a routine basis, the rate has dropped in some California cities as low as 10 percent or even below. 

About the Shoulder Tap Program
Minors often use the “shoulder tap” method of getting alcohol by standing outside of a liquor store or market and asking adults to buy them alcohol. A recent survey indicates that as much as 46 percent of all minors who attempt to acquire alcohol use this method.

The Decoy Shoulder Tap Program is an enforcement program used to detect and deter shoulder tap activity. During the program, a minor decoy, under the direct supervision of law enforcement officers, solicits adults outside ABC licensed stores to buy the minor decoy alcohol. Any person seen furnishing alcohol to the minor decoy is arrested (either cited or booked) for furnishing alcohol to a minor. 

These and other alcohol-related operations will continue each month through June 2009.