Clovis police are using a grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to target bars and liquor stores selling alcohol to minors. Officers use underage decoys who attempt to buy alcohol at area locations. Any bartender or clerk who sells the decoy faces fines of $1,000 or more.
In an operation on May 13, officers checked 26 alcohol outlets to make sure that they were in compliance with business codes requiring that at least 30% of their windows are not covered by posters. Several warnings were issued, Cpl. Dan Sullivan said.
In another operation on May 14, decoys made seven attempts to gain entry to a bar using an altered identification card. None of the attempts were successful, Sullivan said.