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Redding PD and California ABC Conduct Minor Decoy Sweeps in Shasta County


December 23rd, 2019           4:30 A.M.

On December 18th, and December 20th, 2019, Officers from the Redding Police Department, in partnership with Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, conducted shoulder tap and minor decoy operations in the areas of Redding, Anderson and Shasta County.  These operations incorporate the use of minors between the ages of 18 and 21, under the direction of undercover law enforcement officials, to attempt to purchase alcohol products from businesses or to have citizens purchase alcohol for them with the understanding the individual is a minor.  The goal of these sweeps is to enforce the compliance of these businesses holding alcoholic beverage sale licenses, and to deter persons from purchasing alcohol for minors.  This is an overall effort to ensure compliance with alcohol sales laws, and to enhance the safety and prevention of minors having access to alcohol during the holiday season.

Persons who fail to abide by these laws are issued citations for furnishing alcohol to the minor and charges are filed through the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office.  Businesses are also notified regarding their success or failure to comply with this law.

The minor decoy operations were conducted at twelve businesses and all were successful in refusing to sale alcohol to a minor.  During the shoulder tap operations, twenty one persons were propositioned and four were cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The Redding Police Department and California ABC are thankful for the twelve businesses and 19 citizens who were compliant with this law and refused to furnish alcohol to a minor.  The Redding Police Department and California ABC would like to remind businesses and citizens of the dangers and legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors.  These sweeps, frequently conducted in the area of Shasta County, have been successful in deterring this crime and have helped prevent minors from having access to alcohol.  These operations are funded by a grant through the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.




Contact:      Corporal Rob Garnero ID# 395

Redding Police Department


Reviewed:  Sergeant Jeff Schmidt ID# 311