Cal Poly University Police cited one person for allegedly furnishing alcohol to a minor during a “shoulder-tap” operation Thursday.
University Police and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control worked together to conduct the operation, which uses underage “decoys” to targets adults who purchase alcohol for people younger than 21.
The operation took place around the Cal Poly campus.
The operations consist of using a minor, who is under the supervision of police, to stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask customers to buy alcohol for them. The minor is required to indicate in some way that he or she is not of legal age to purchase alcohol, according to the University Police Department.
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If the adults buy the alcohol for the decoy, officers then arrest and cite the adult for furnishing alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor with a penalty of a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.
The operation is part of ABC’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project, which is funded through grants by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.