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For Immediate Release:  
For Further Information:
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November 6, 2008  

Rachel Goemaat, ABC
609-292-4791

Office of The Attorney General
- Anne Milgram, Attorney General
Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
- Jerry Fischer, Director

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“Cops in Shops” Results In Increased Arrests
Program Aimed at Combating Underage Drinking

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TRENTON – More than 230 people were arrested as a result of this year’s Cops in Shops summer program, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Director Jerry Fischer announced today. The program targeted underage drinkers and those who bought alcohol for them. The statistics reflect a 25 percent increase over last year’s arrests.

“The Division continues to work together with municipalities to crack down on underage drinking,” Director Fischer said. “Underage drinkers, and those who buy alcohol for them, need to know that law enforcement is watching.”

Over the summer, 28 shore municipalities participated in the Cops in Shops program, with approximately $61,000 in funding provided by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Twenty of these municipalities made a total of 237 arrests this year in connection with the program.

Now in its twelfth year, Cops in Shops is a program designed by The Century Council, a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers, which is committed to fighting underage drinking. Under the program, which ran this year from May 23 to Sept. 30, local police officers worked undercover in participating retail locations. Law enforcement officers either posed as store employees or were positioned outside the establishment to apprehend adults who attempted to purchase alcohol for underage drinkers.

As part of the program, retail outlets displayed posters and decals on doors, windows, counter tops, and cold cases warning underage drinkers that a police officer may be working undercover in the establishment.

The following towns are participating in the 2008 Cops in Shops summer program:

Atlantic County: Absecon, Egg Harbor Township, and Margate; Cape May County: Avalon, Cape May, Lower Township, Middle Township, North Wildwood, Sea Isle City, and Wildwood; Monmouth County: Belmar, Holmdel, Lake Como, Neptune, Ocean Township; Ocean County: Barnegat Township, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, Lakehurst, Lavallette Borough, Long Beach Township, Manchester Township, Ocean Township, Pt. Pleasant, Seaside Heights, Ship Bottom, and Stafford Township.

Charges for providing alcohol to underage patrons are disorderly persons’ offenses, and penalties include fines of at least $500. Charges of underage drinking are also disorderly persons’ offenses, and penalties include fines as well as suspension of drivers’ licenses.

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