Cal Poly alcohol decoy operation nets arrest

San Luis Obispo - The TribuneMarch 16, 2014 

Cal Poly University Police cited and released one suspect on charges of furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor during a statewide shoulder-tap operation Saturday.

The operation took place at several liquor establishments near the Cal Poly campus, according to a university news release.

In the operation, a decoy who is younger than 21 stands outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy alcohol for the decoy. If the adult agrees to purchase the alcohol, officers arrest and cite the adult on charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor. The penalty is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

The shoulder-tap program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.

University Police participated with the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control and approximately 109 other law enforcement agencies in the statewide Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation.

As of midnight Saturday, the ABC says 536 arrests had been made in the operation. This makes it the largest shoulder-tap operation ever in the state.

— Kaytlyn Leslie

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