Underage Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation

August 24, 2022 3:57 PM

On Friday, August 12, 2022, the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), along with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), conducted an underage Decoy Shoulder Tap operation.  The operation utilized a decoy, under the age of 21 and supervised by SMPD Investigators.   Underage Decoy Shoulder Tap operations are focused on adults who knowingly furnish alcoholic beverages to minors.  The goal is to reduce substance abuse and enhance community welfare by limiting underage access to alcoholic beverages.


The SMPD enforcement team visited 4 Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) licensed retail establishments within the City of Santa Monica.  The decoy remained outside of the establishments and solicited 31 adult patrons to act as proxies to purchase an alcoholic beverage on their behalf.  During the operation, three misdemeanor citations for furnishing a minor with alcohol were issued.


This operation is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administratioin.



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Myesha Morrison
Crime Prevention Coordinator


Safety, Youth And Seniors