Santa Crawl Checks Found 91% Compliance Rate at Alcohol Establishments

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, Nev. -- Reno Police Department (RPD) officials report an undercover alcohol compliance check found a compliance rate of about 91%.

The check was conducted during the Santa Pub Crawl, one of the most popular of the nighttime events in downtown Reno. Police officials say the "focus of the operation was to target bars and casino that sell alcohol to minors and increase the awareness of underage drinking."

The compliance check was conducted by the regional Street Enforcement Team (S.E.T.) and the University of Nevada, Reno Police Department (UNRPD) with the cooperation and help of Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN). It was funded by grant funds from Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (E.U.D.L.).

Detectives say they checked establishments' compliance by sending under-aged decoys into bars and casinos. The decoys then attempted to buy alcohol. A total of 55 bars and/or casinos were checked. An RPD press release lists the following locations as those that received citations:

1. Reno Pizza – 26 W. 2nd Street, Reno, NV, Case #12-24618
RMC 8.16.090 (A1) Sales / Furnishing alcohol to a minor
2. Five Star – 132 West Street, Reno, NV, Case #12-24621
RMC 8.16.090 (A1) Sales / Furnishing alcohol to a minor
3. Studio on 4th – 432 E. 4th Street, Reno, NV, Case #12-24622
RMC 8.16.090 (A1) Sales / Furnishing alcohol to a minor
4. Studio on 4th – 432 E. 4th Street, Reno, NV, Case #12-24622 (Door Man)
RMC 8.16.120 Allow minor in bar/liquor establishment
5. Cal Neva – 38 E. 2nd Street, Reno, NV, Case #12-24623
RMC 8.16.090 (A1) Sales / Furnishing alcohol to a minor
6. El Cortez – 235 W. 2nd Street, Reno, NV, Case #12-24627
RMC 8.16.090 (A1) Sales / Furnishing alcohol to a minor
7.Circus Circus – 500 N. Sierra Street, Reno, NV, Case #12-24636
RMC 8.16.090 (A1) Sales / Furnishing alcohol to a minor

The operation also checked bartenders for compliance with Nevada state laws. Four bartenders did not have their Alcohol Education cards.

RPD officials want to remind everyone who serves alcohol to "please be diligent in checking identification on all alcohol sales." They also ask anyone who has information about people selling or providing alcohol to minors to contact the S.E.T. at (775) 334-3065, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900 or www.secretwitness.com. You can also text your information to 847411 (TIP 411); use the keyword - SW.


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