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News Release

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Media Relations

2012 Safe & Sober Graduation Operation NA12107bb

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), in conjunction with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will initiate the 14th annual Safe & Sober Graduation Operation during the month of June 2012.   This project is designed to curtail the accessibility of alcoholic beverages and promote “safe and sober” graduations throughout the 91 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) high schools.  

Between May 25 and June 26, 2012, an estimated 25,500 students will graduate from LAUSD high schools.  Based on past events, it is anticipated that many of these students will be celebrating this significant event in their young lives.  However, a number of them will be attempting to use alcoholic beverages as a means of enhancing their celebrations.  

In an attempt to reduce the availability of alcoholic beverages to underage individuals and thereby save lives, vice units will be conducting a series of minor decoy and decoy shoulder tap operations coinciding with high school graduations in their respective areas.  

Beginning May 25, 2012, Vice Units will begin concentrating minor decoy and decoy shoulder tap operations at licensed ABC locations in the proximity of LAUSD high schools.  On the weekend of June 7-10, 2012, Vice Units will be on maximum deployment and focus specifically on alcohol-related crime issues involving underage minors attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages via the minor decoy and decoy shoulder tap operations.  These operations are designed to inhibit the flow of alcoholic beverages at the two primary sources: licensed locations and the parking lots of these locations.  Shoulder tap operations are specifically designed to curtail this type of activity.

Detective Support and Vice Division (DSVD) is releasing this media advisory to alert those individuals likely to furnish alcoholic beverages to under-aged individuals, that the Department of ABC and the LAPD will conduct undercover operations and will aggressively prosecute individuals who knowingly put alcohol in the hands of a minor.  Shoulder tap operations, similar to minor decoy operations, involve the soliciting of individuals outside of licensed ABC retail establishments to purchase an alcoholic beverage for a minor.  

Last year’s 2011 Safe & Sober Graduation Operation resulted in the solicitation of 582 adults, with 47 violations.  Statistically, 92 percent of all adults approached refused the minor decoys’ request for alcohol.  Additionally, 167 licensed ABC locations within close proximity of local high schools and colleges were inspected via the minor decoy program, which resulted in 26 clerks being cited for selling alcoholic beverages to underage individuals (representing an 84 percent compliance rate).  

Individuals convicted of furnishing a minor with an alcoholic beverage face a mandatory $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

Subsequent Decoy Shoulder Tap Operations will be scheduled throughout the summer on a City-wide basis in order to curtail the accessibility of alcoholic beverages to minors and reduce alcohol-related crimes.  This project is part of the Department of ABC’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Safety Administration.  

For additional information please contact Sergeants Lifernando Garcia or Steve Moore, Operation ABC, DSVD, at (213) 486-0910.