Operation ABC NR15344ne

October 6, 2015

Los Angeles: On October 01, 2014, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) initiated its efforts to combat underage drinking as part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy / Shoulder Tap Grant Project. The $25,000 project was funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On September 30, 2015, the one year project concluded. During this operational period, the LAPD exceeded its goals, achieving much success in the area of alcohol enforcement. The results were as follows:

• 27 Minor Decoy Operations were conducted Citywide.

• 231 ABC licensed locations were checked by minor decoys.

• 33 ABC licensed locations sold alcohol to a minor.

• 86% of ABC licensed locations passed the operation and did not sell to a minor.


• 22 Shoulder Tap Operations were conducted Citywide.

• 433 adults were solicited by minors for the purchase of alcohol.

• 43 adults actually purchased or furnished alcohol to minors.

• 90% of adults who were solicited did not purchase alcohol for the minor.


• 61 ABC licensed locations were inspected as part of the IMPACT program.


• 11 S.T.A.R. (Standardized Training for Alcohol Retailers) presentations were included as part of the educational effort of this project.

• 873 people attended the presentations.

• The classes were presented in English, Spanish, and Korean.


The Grant Assistance Program (GAP) has been an integral part of the LAPD’s efforts to combat underage drinking. Compliance rates continue to rise over the years as ABC retailers and the general public receives education through enforcement and training.

For further information, please contact Sergeant Fernando Garcia or Sergeant Nick Nemecek, Detective Support and Vice Division, Operation ABC Coordinators, at (213) 486-0910.