Operation “Shoulder Tap” Results in 15 Cited For Alcohol Related Violations

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operation shoulder tapThe Long Beach Police Department’s Vice Investigations Section, in cooperation with investigators from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), conducted three “Shoulder Tap” operations in the City of Long Beach during July and August 2012.

These undercover operations focused on individuals who were approached by minors, under the age of 21, outside of ABC licensed establishments such as liquor or convenience stores. The minors, under the supervision of the L.B.P.D., would then “shoulder tap” a person, provide them with their underage status, and ask them to make an alcohol purchase on their behalf. Individuals who proceeded to make the purchase were then cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor. The businesses were unaware that an undercover operation was underway.

During the course of the three separate city-wide operations, 17 different establishments were visited and a total of 15 individuals were issued misdemeanor citations. At the conclusion of each visit where alcohol was purchased for a minor, detectives advised management of the operation. None of the businesses were found to be in violation of existing ABC laws.

These operations are conducted with the community’s safety in mind and to address quality of life issues in the area. The L.B.P.D. enforces ABC laws at all establishments in the city, and wants to remind residents and the business community that there are consequences to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Report illegal behavior relating to the unlawful sale of alcohol contacting Vice Investigations by calling (562) 570-7219.

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