Franconia Shoulder Tap Operation


Fairfax County Police Department
Franconia District Station

6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
703-922-0889. TTY 711. Fax 703-719-6436
Date Released 02/23/12
Contact: Brooke Wright / 703-922-0889
Information Bulletin: Youth Alcohol/Business Compliance Enforcement


Franconia Shoulder Tap Operation


            On Wednesday, February 22, officers from the Franconia District Station, along with a member of the Traffic Division, conducted a “Shoulder Tap” operation at four locations in the Franconia District.  Fairfax County police cadets, dressed in plain clothes, attempted to have adults purchase alcohol for them in violation of Virginia State Code 4.1-306.  If asked by the adult if they were 21, cadets were told to respond with their true age. 

            Locations of this enforcement were parking lots of businesses that possess state ABC licenses to sell alcoholic beverages. This undercover operation was conducted using a team, consisting of one cadet, two plainclothes officers and one uniformed officer serving as a security/arrest team. As a result of this operation, 32 adults were approached.  Two arrests were made for illegal purchase of alcohol for a minor.  The following are the locations and results of this operation:


Mercado La Colona       6971 Hechinger Plaza             6 Approached            2 Arrested

CVS                                   7205 Little River Trnpk           10 Approached           0 Arrested

Giant Food                       6980 Braddock Road             10 Approached           0 Arrested

Trader Joe’s                    6934 Springfield Plaza            6 Approached            0 Arrested




To request this information in an alternate format, call the Franconia District Station at 703.922.0889.  TTY 711






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