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"Cops in Shops" Program Steps Up During Summer in Ocean and Monmouth Counties

Underage drinking is considered New Jersey's number one problem during the summer months, especially in towns within the Jersey shore. To combat underage purchase of alcohol, police across the Jersey Shore will be participating in the comprehensive law enforcement and public awareness program called Cops in Shops. For fifteen years, undercover police officers in New Jersey have posed as store employees or positioned themselves outside retail stores to arrest adults who purchase alcohol for minors or underage kids attempting to purchase alcohol illegally. The Cops in Shops program has so far been a success, limiting underage access to alcohol since the program's inception in 1996; more than 9,000 people have been apprehended in New Jersey as a result of the program.

New Jersey law makes the possession or consumption of alcohol by persons under 21 a disorderly persons offense, punishable by mandatory fines and completion of an alcohol education or treatment program. If aggravating circumstances exist, such as operation of a motor vehicle after having consumed alcohol, minors can by punished with further penalties including, but not limited to, suspension of driving privileges, in addition to driving while intoxicated. Likewise, New Jersey Law makes it a disorderly persons offense for any adult who offers or procures alcohol to an under age person.

The following contains a list of towns near the Jersey shore that will be participating in the Cops in Shops initiative for the 2011 summer:

Monmouth County
Belmar, Lake Como, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Spring Lake Heights

Ocean County
Barnegat, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, Jackson Township, Lakehurst, Lakewood, Lavallette, Long Beach, Manchester, Ocean Gate, Ocean Township, Pt. Pleasant Beach, Pt. Pleasant Borough, Seaside Heights, Ship Bottom, Toms River

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