Elk Grove Police arrested eight people for buying alcohol for minors in the past several weeks as part of the Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation.
The operation places minors, under supervision of a police officer, outside liquor or convenience stores where they ask adults to buy them alcohol, according to a press release from the Elk Grove Police Department. The minors participated with their parents’ permission, police said.
If the adults purchase alcohol for the minor, who tells the adult that they are underage, officers police arrest and cite them, according to the press release.
The penalty for buying alcohol for minors is a minimum $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service.
Three operations in May and June led to the eight arrests.
“When you do an operation like that … you’d hope the adults say no and tell the kid to move along,” said Christopher Trim, public information officer for the Elk Grove Police Department.
The program is meant to limit minor’s access to alcohol, according to the press release.
Minors have a higher rate of drunken driving crashes than adults, according to the press release, and underage drinking can increase the risk of teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, compromised health and unintentional injury and death.
The project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.