press release - 03211401

Shoulder Tap Operation Results in 544 Citations and Arrests


Isla Vista, Goleta - March 21st, 2014


Sheriff’s Deputies with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office cited five individuals and arrested two others in the Isla Vista and Goleta areas on Saturday, March 15, as part of a Statewide Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation.  Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents and more than one hundred law enforcement agencies from across California participated in the effort to reduce youth access to alcohol.  In all, the operation resulted in 544 citations and arrests.


During the Shoulder Tap Operation, minors under the age of 21, under the direct supervision of a peace officer, stood outside a local convenience store or liquor store and asked patrons to buy them alcohol.  The minors made it clear that they were underage and could not purchase the alcohol themselves.  If the adult agreed to purchase the alcohol, then law enforcement would either cite or arrest the individual(s) for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office recently received a $50,000 grant from ABC to battle alcohol related crime in the Isla Vista and Goleta areas which tend to have a higher percentage of these types of incidents. The grant funding will be used to conduct future operations targeting underage drinkers and those that provide minors with alcohol.  It will also be utilized to educate both on-sale and off-sale establishments with the importance of operating within the restrictions of their ABC licenses.


The ABC’s Grant Assistance Program (GAP) was established in 1995 and during that time has distributed more than $20 million dollars to law enforcement in California to combat alcohol related crimes.




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