University Police Department

UPD Shoulder Tap Operation

In January 2013, UPD received a $5000 mini-grant from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to conduct Shoulder Tap Decoy Operations in the downtown area. The decoy operation is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors to mitigate alcohol-related traffic collisions, criminal conduct and other risky behaviors.

The Shoulder Tap Decoy Operation includes a minor, under the direct supervision of a peace officer, standing outside a liquor or convenience store, asking patrons to buy alcohol for them. The minor indicates, in some way, that he or she is underage and cannot purchase alcohol. If the adult agrees to the purchase for the minor, he or she is arrested and cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor. The penalty for this violation is a minimum of a $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

The operations were conducted in March, April and June, and yielded 118 public contacts with five local off-sale establishments. Officers issued 20 citations for furnishing alcohol to a minor, seven citations for a minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage, two citations for using a false ID to purchase alcohol, one warrant arrest and one arrest for a parole violation.

UPD Officers were assisted by ABC agents, a UPD Cadet and Explorers from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, Los Gatos PD and San Jose PD.

In addition to the decoy operation, UPD will be hosting a LEAD (Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs) training on August 22, 2013. An ABC agent will work with Sodexo and Spartan Shops to understand age, identification procedures, alcohol laws and regulations, intervention with an intoxicated person and designated driver programs.