Editor's Note: The City of Glendora made the following announcement on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
The California Office of
Traffic Safety has announced that the Glendora Police Department has been
selected to again receive funding to participate in the Department of Alcoholic
Beverage Control’s (ABC) Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap grant.
The enforcement program is designed to detect and deter liquor stores and markets from selling alcohol to minors, and to deter adults from furnishing alcohol to minors outside of licensed premises by use of the "shoulder tap" method of getting alcohol by standing outside of a store and asking adults to buy them alcohol. During the program, a minor decoy, under the direct supervision of law enforcement officers, either attempts to purchase alcohol, or solicits adults outside ABC licensed stores to buy the minor decoy alcohol. Any person furnishing alcohol to the minor decoy is either cited or arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor.
The Glendora Police Department conducts these types of enforcement operations regularly, including this past holiday season when 22 businesses in Glendora were visited, and not one sold alcohol to the minor decoys, ages 18 and 19 years old. All of the businesses requested identification from the decoys and ultimately turned them away without a sale.“This was the first time in recent memory where the Department has conducted an alcohol minor decoy operation without a single sale,” said Police Chief Tim Staab. “This is exactly what I want. An important part of this program is to raise public awareness about of underage drinking, and it’s working.” Chief Staab shared an incident that during this past operation, a decoy had been turned away by a liquor store clerk. As the decoy walked out the door, the clerk smiled and waved, telling the decoy, “Say ‘Hi’ to ABC for me.” “I love stories like that,” said Chief Staab