BPD receives $52K grant to fight underage drinking

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department just received $52,000 to help fight underage drinking in Bakersfield.

The money will be used to help conduct shoulder tap and underage decoy operations.

A shoulder tap operation is where an underage teen asks someone to buy them alcohol while standing in front of a store.

An underage decoy operation is where teens go into stores, restaurants and bars and they try to purchase alcohol.

It's all aimed at fighting underage drinking.

23ABC spoke to Alexis Bravo who says she started drinking when she was just 11 years old.

Bravo says booze eventually lead to pills and in the end heroin.

She says underage drinking can be the beginning of a lifetime of addiction.

Bravo has been clean and sober for nine months and now helps people at The Mission at Kern County deal with their addiction problems.

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