This strategy uses minors, under the direct supervision of law enforcement, to solicit adults outside of liquor stores to buy alcohol and holds adults accountable for knowingly providing alcoholic beverages to youth. Any person seen furnishing alcohol to a minor is arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor.
What is this strategy?
Catalog of Prevention Strategies (Shoulder Tap Enforcement)
When should I consider implementing this strategy?
Youth are reporting acquiring alcohol from adults – specifically strangers outside of liquor stores.
How do I implement this strategy?
Key activities for implementation:
- Build community support for the Shoulder Tap program.
- Educate/Train law enforcement on the Shoulder Tap program.
- Work with retailers, council, commission, etc. to pass policy requiring program.
- Communicate efforts to the general public (including results of shoulder tap enforcement operations).
Introduction to Shoulder Tap Operations
Have others implemented this strategy?
- Ventura California Shoulder Tap Operation (Press Release).
- “Police Conduct ‘Decoy Shoulder Tap’ Operation to Deter Sale of Alcohol to Minors” (Article, Fox Los Angeles).
- “432 Arrested in Statewide Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation: California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Law Enforcement Agencies Team Up” (Article, City of Santa Clara).
- It’s a Criminal Offense (Poster).
- Don’t Buy It (Poster).
- Don’t Serve Teens (Flyer).
- Is It Worth It? (Poster).
- Don’t Be Sorry (Sticker).
- Stop (Sticker).
- Know the Law(Coaster).