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August 26, 2014 > Decoy operation nets alcohol sales violators

Decoy operation nets alcohol sales violators

Submitted By Sgt. Ken Forkus, Hayward PD

On Thursday July 31, 2014, the Alameda County Vice Enforcement Team (ACVET) conducted an ABC ÒdecoyÓ operation hosted by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Hayward Police Department.

An ABC decoy operation involves a law enforcement agency sending a ÒdecoyÓ (person under the age of 21) into businesses in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages. If asked, the decoy is truthful about their age, and will show the seller their true identification card. The goal of a decoy operation is to ensure that ABC licensed establishments are making appropriate, and legal, efforts to prevent the sale of alcoholic beverages to people underage.

This ACVET operation, consisting of five teams, was conducted throughout Alameda County in the cities of Hayward, Alameda, San Leandro, Emeryville, Albany, Union City, Pleasanton, Livermore, Newark and Castro Valley. A total of 119 establishments were visited, and 28 businesses sold an alcoholic beverage to the decoy (23% buy rate). The state average buy rate with decoy operations is 18-22%.

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Hayward Police Department would like to thank the following agencies who participated in the ACVET decoy operation: Alameda County Probation Department, U.C. Berkeley Police Department, Livermore Police Department and Union City Police Department.

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