‘Shoulder Tap’ Effort In McLean Police District

Officers from the McLean District Station and Traffic Safety Services Unit conducted a “shoulder tap” effort on Tuesday, September 20, near several stores in the Tysons Corner and Vienna areas of Fairfax County.

This operation was part of the Fairfax County Police Department’s continuing youth alcohol/business compliance enforcement efforts. The locations of the periodic enforcement operations are parking lots of businesses that possess state ABC licenses to sell alcoholic beverages.

Fairfax County Police Department cadets approach adults in parking lots and ask them to purchase alcohol for them. If asked whether he is 21 years of age, the police cadet will respond with his true age. If the sale or service of alcohol transpires, a plain-clothes police officer intervenes and places charges against the adult.

Fifty-one adults were approached and five arrests were made for illegal purchase of alcohol at the following locations:

  • 7-Eleven                  7451 Patterson Road
  • 7-Eleven                  1931 Old Gallows Road
  • 7-Eleven                  8391 Leesburg Pike
  • 7-Eleven                  8616 Park Street
  • 7-Eleven                  2915 Cedar Lane

The operation was conducted using two teams, each consisting of one plain-clothed officer, one uniformed officer, and one cadet.

Underage possession of alcohol continues to be a concern to the Fairfax County Police Department. More information on underage drinking and prevention programs is available here.