Minors seeking booze better beware. Thirty police departments on the Jersey Shore are increasing their patrols to stop minors from purchasing alcohol.
On Tuesday, N.J. Attorney General Paula Dow announced that 30 Jersey Shore police departments would be sending undercover officers to participate in the state’s "Cops in Shops" program, the Home News Tribune reports.
The program, aimed to catch both minors using fake ID’s and adults who purchase alcoholic beverages for minors, led to the arrest of 230 people last summer, according to the Tribune.
Earlier this week, the Asbury Park Press reported that a Jersey shore hotel owner was credited with alerting police about a new fake ID that was making it’s way around the shore.
The tip, which came from the Sea Shell Hotel owner, allowed Beach Haven police detective Sgt. James Markoski to arrest three people with the possession of false identification, as they attempted to enter the hotel’s night club, the Press reports.
Local bars have been notified about the fake ID’s, according to the newspaper.
Earlier this year, state officials unveiled an enhanced digital driver’s license with 25 security upgrades, which among other security concerns, was created with the hopes of stopping minors from using false identification.