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Grant will help police enforce alcohol law

 

A $6,000 grant from the state will enable Menlo Park police to employ underage decoys to try to bait people into buying alcohol for them.

The grant comes through the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's "shoulder tap" program, according to police spokeswoman Nicole Acker. The state instituted the program after finding that minors were increasingly turning to adults to buy them alcohol, following a statewide crackdown in the mid-1990s on vendors that sold alcohol to minors.

Funds are generally awarded to communities that "have a high incidence of alcohol-related traffic crashes and injuries" involving minors, according to the project Web site.

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Posted by nathan
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 10, 2010 at 10:43 am

what a WASTE OF MONEY!!! This makes me sick.


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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2010 at 10:20 am

This is WRONG WRONG WRONG! The State of California is so broke they have to force State employees to cut their hours, and hence cut services to us tax payers, they have to cut support to education, thus detrimentally affecting both students and teachers, they have to let convicted felons out of jail before their terms are fully served, thus putting public safety at higher risk,m etc., etc. AND THEN they turn around and give MPPD $6000 because Menlo Park is " a city with a high incidence of teenage drinking"--in other words, their parents aren't properly controlling what their kids do. A shameful use of taxpayer dollars!


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Posted by what a joke
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2010 at 6:33 pm

i agree with everything stated above, in addition, I thought entrapment was illegal... I guess officials just do whatever they want now and think that the ends justify the means... Similar to cops waiting outside bars for drunk drivers... they aren't supposed to, but they do...


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 11, 2010 at 6:46 pm

what a joke:

you need to do some reading about what entrapment is. This isn't it.

Nothing wrong with cops waitng outside bars for drunk driver either.

This is a rather stupid waste of money though. Got news for you MPPD, these kids are getting their booze from mommy and daddy's liquor cabinet.


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Posted by Bullish
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Is it possible that this grant money is funded from fines for liquor related prosecutions? Is it further possible that the granting agency was mandated by law to use the funds for education or enforcement??

These stings prove effective as a deterrent and for identifying stores which violate their commitments to state liquor laws.

I say good work to Menlo Park PD for taking the initiative to obtain this grant.

This effort might just help protect a local area resident from being the victim of a DUI crash with an underage driver.


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Posted by what a joke
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm

ENTRAPMENT
A person is 'entrapped' when he is induced or persuaded by law enforcement officers or their agents to commit a crime that he had no previous intent to commit; and the law as a matter of policy forbids conviction in such a case.

"A $6,000 grant from the state will enable Menlo Park police to employ underage decoys to try to bait people into buying alcohol for them."

Seems to me law enforcement "agents"(the under aged individuals hired by law enforcement) are trying to persuade people (who were just going to the store) to buy alcohol for them... Do you think that people are going out to trying to find kids to buy alcohol for... seems like the definition fits for what will take place...


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Posted by Bullish
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 12, 2010 at 6:12 am

Entrapment does not result merely because officers created a situation which made it possible for the defendant to commit the crime. This is because it is presumed that a normally law-abiding person would resist the temptation to commit a crime if officers did nothing more than give him an opportunity to do so.

Consequently, it is not entrapment to employ undercover officers or agents to pose as drug sellers, drug buyers, prostitutes, or johns. In the words of the California Supreme Court, “[T]he rule is clear that ruses, stings, and decoys are permissible stratagems in the enforcement of criminal law, and they become invalid only when badgering or importuning takes place to an extent and degree that is likely to induce an otherwise law-abiding person to commit a crime”


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Posted by Lee Weaver
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Mar 12, 2010 at 11:27 am

Legal subtelties aside, this is a complete waste of time and money. The government squanders our money on follies like this, then comes back to us with the option to either raise taxes or fire teachers.

Funny how when tax input is lower than they want, they cut our most valued services first rather than useless police stings and gilded city hall jobs....


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Posted by Ranch Gal
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Mar 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Absolutely absurd! Typical of big government. These politicians are NOT in touch with regular folks. We are BROKE. What part of that don't you understand????


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 12, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Why does it cost ANY money to have an underage sting operation?


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Posted by under 21
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 13, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Sounds great. Where do I apply?


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