Exterior of El Cajon Police Department headquarters.
Exterior of El Cajon Police Department headquarters. Courtesy of the department

El Cajon police arrested two adults suspected of furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors Saturday.

The arrests came during the annual, statewide Shoulder Tap Operation, according to El Cajon police Sgt. Nick Sprecco.

During the operation, a minor under the direct supervision of police officers stands outside a liquor or convenience store and asks patrons to buy them alcohol, indicating that he or she is underage and unable to purchase the beverage on their own.

If the adult agrees and makes the purchase for the minor, officers arrest and cite the adult, Sprecco said.

The latest operation was conducted at two independent liquor stores, police said.

The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service, Sprecco said.

Through the Shoulder Tap program, authorities aim to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics show minors have a higher rate of drunk driving crashes than adults, he said