Menlo Park Police along with Agents from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) arrested four suspects September 30, 2020 for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.
A Decoy Shoulder Tap operation was conducted, which targets adults who purchase alcohol for people less than 21 years of age. The operation was conducted as part of an ABC grant the police department received for alcohol enforcement activities to combat underage drinking in Menlo Park. During this operation, the minor decoy made contact with thirty individuals, resulting in four citations for furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Under this program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol. If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, Agents then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.
This program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics show that minors generally have a higher rate of drunk driving crashes than adults. Studies also show the combination of alcohol and youth tends to increase criminal conduct.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through the Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) Program. ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.