Clovis Police and ABC Agents arrest 15 suspects over Clovis Rodeo Weekend

Clovis, CA – The Clovis Police Department and agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) arrested 15 suspects for presenting fake IDs or being a minor in possession of alcohol. The operation was conducted at the Clovis Rodeo from April 24-27, 2024.

Clovis Police and ABC conducted a Trap Door operation in which law enforcement officers work with businesses and organizations to detect the use of false IDs by minors. Under the program, doormen will alert officers who then contact the individuals presenting the false ID.

“We partner with businesses in the community for these operations to help keep minors and the public safe,” said Chief of Police, Curt Fleming.

Participating officers are trained in false ID recognition techniques and make arrests of minors who present false IDs. The penalty for possession or use of a false ID is a $250 fine, 32 hours of community service, and a one-year suspension of their driver license.

“With help from local law enforcement and participating businesses we can reduce underage drinking and the risks associated with it to keep communities safe,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata.

Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a much higher risk of being involved in a crash than older drivers. About 25 percent of fatal crashes involve underage drinking according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the ABC Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) program.