Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date May 8, 2002
Contact Lieutenant John Wallace
Phone (909) 826-5836
Fax (909) 826-5699

Riverside Police to Operate Decoy Program
Targeted at Alcohol Sales to Minors

Riverside, Ca- The Riverside Police Department in cooperation with the State Department of Alcohol Beverage Control will conduct decoy programs in the city during the next four months.

The program will take place in liquor stores, restaurants, bars and grocery stores. The focus of this program is to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. This type of program has been extremely successful throughout the state in reducing alcohol access by minors resulting in a reduction in drunk driving deaths and collisions, as well as a decrease in contacts with law enforcement involving criminal conduct by young people.

Any adult who is caught selling to or buying for minors will be arrested. Adults who purchase alcohol for minors are subjected to a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service. The penalty for sales of alcohol to minors ranges from fines, suspensions, to permanent revocation of the liquor license depending on the circumstances.