‘Cops in Shops’ targets underage drinking down the Shore

    Almost 10,000 underage drinkers have been arrested since the 1996 inception of “Cops in Shops” and police departments at the Jersey Shore have every intention of enforcing those laws again this summer.

    State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa was in Belmar today with police and liquor law officials to outline the summer focus of preventing teenagers from buying alcohol and prosecuting those who do and their accomplices.
    The national “Cops in Shops” program puts local undercover police officers in participating alcohol retail stores to either pose as store clerks or stand outside and catch adults who try to purchase alcohol for underagers.

    Thirty Shore law enforcement agencies are participating.

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