Two people were cited for buying alcohol for a minor and two clerks at local businesses were also cited after selling alcohol to another minor during a joint operation with an agent from the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on Saturday.
Police conducted a Shoulder Tap operation Saturday, Jan. 16, with an 18-year-old male volunteer who contacted individuals as they entered convenience stores and asked them to buy alcohol for him. Police also visited 20 licensed alcohol establishments in the city with another 19-year-old male volunteer while conducting a minor decoy operation.
Both operations involve underage volunteers working under the direct supervision of a peace officer. During decoy operations, minor decoys are required to answer truthfully if asked their age and they must provide valid identification indicating they are underage to buy alcohol if they are asked to do so.
A 49-year-old Rancho Cucamonga woman was cited after purchasing alcohol for the 18-year-old volunteer at a Circle K store at 765 W. Redlands Blvd. A 21-year-old Mentone man was cited after buying alcohol at a 7-Eleven at 1161 Lugonia Ave.
Police also cited a clerk at the same 7-Eleven store after she sold alcohol to the 19-year-old volunteer even after he handed the clerk his identification, verifying his age. Another clerk was cited at a Circle K at 1598 Orange St. after selling the volunteer alcohol without asking for identification or asking his age. Both businesses also face possible administrative action from the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Officers and the volunteers followed all public health requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic while conducting the operation.
The Redlands Police Department, with the support of state agencies, including the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Office of Traffic Safety aims to curb the problems related to binge and underage drinking in Redlands in order to achieve a safer, healthier community.
Efforts include DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols to identify intoxicated drivers, party patrols to enforce the city’s Social Host Ordinance, decoy operations to cite businesses and individuals who provide alcohol to underage persons and educational efforts for local businesses that serve alcohol.