The Oxnard Police Department was selected to receive grant funding from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The Oxnard Police Department was awarded $20,000 to assist in ABC regulation programs in the City of Oxnard.
The Oxnard Police Department will use the grant funding to address the issue of underage drinking and to ensure alcohol-licensed businesses are complying with applicable laws and regulations. This grant will fund several types of operations, including; “Minor Decoy” operations, “Shoulder Tap” operations, and “IMPACT” (Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol-Related Crime Tendencies) operations.
Minor decoy programs have been used by local law enforcement in California since 1987 and have proven to be effective in deterring the sale of alcohol to minors. These operations ensure that alcohol retail businesses are verifying the age of customers through valid forms of identification and are not selling alcohol to individuals who are under 21-years of age. In the last five years alone, local law enforcement officers have visited roughly 4,000-6,000 establishments per year in decoy operations.
The Decoy Shoulder Tap Program is an enforcement program that ABC and local law enforcement agencies use 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.
This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project funded by California’s Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For more information, please contact the Oxnard Police Department.