Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date Friday, April 13, 2007
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Nine businesses cited for selling booze to minors
Juvenile decoys team with agencies to test stores;
no citations for tobacco sales to minors

Riverside, Ca- On Thursday April 12, 2007 members of the Riverside Police Department's Vice Unit, UNET team (RPD & UCR Officers), POP Officers from each NPC, and representatives from Alcohol Beverage Control and Riverside County Department of Public Health participated in an Alcohol & Tobacco Decoy Project.

The purpose of the program was to conduct enforcement at establishments that tend to sell alcohol and tobacco to juveniles in the city. Juveniles were sent into 32 businesses to attempt to purchase alcohol. Of the 32 businesses targeted, nine citations were issued to clerks who sold alcohol to the decoy.

A juvenile decoy was sent into 24 businesses in an attempt to purchase tobacco. The decoy was unable to purchase any tobacco at these locations, so no citations were issued.

In addition to the nine citations issued for the alcohol violations, a citation was issued to an adult male subject for obstructing a police officer during the course of one of the store visits. Also during the project a known prostitute was found loitering in the area of one of the businesses. The vice unit contacted her and was able to arrest her for loitering for the purposes of prostitution.