The operation showed about a 91 percent compliance rating, which improved from the 78 percent recorded in March. Lt. Scott Dugan of the Reno Police Department said seeing a high compliance rate can be looked at in different ways.
“It depends how you measure success,” Dugan said. “I would label that a success because that is exactly what we want. We don’t want those businesses selling to minors.”
He added, “One thing we have noticed before is other businesses creating a sort of network and telling others that we have operations going around. We don’t know that to be true in this case.”
The S.E.T used underage decoys to enter the stores, bring alcohol up to the counter and attempt to purchase it. A total of 53 stores were screened for the compliance checks and clerks at five of the stores were caught selling alcohol to the underage minor.
The five clerks who were cited for Sale or Furnishing alcohol to a minor were in the following stores:
1. Corner Mini Mart 1775 Mill St. in Reno
2. AM/PM 1390 S. Virginia St. in Reno
3. Citi Mart 1000 S. Virginia St. in Reno
4. CVS 1250 W. 7th St. in Reno
5. Quiki Mart 777 S. Virginia St. in Reno
Upon completing the underage sales to minors compliance check, the clerks were asked by the S.E.T. to produce their Alcohol Awareness Training card. The training card proves their completion and understanding of the State of Nevada’s Alcohol Awareness Training requirements. Two of the 53 clerks did not possess their Alcohol Awareness Training card.
Dugan said the importance of frequent compliance checks around the area become more important each day given their target.
“You have to look at the populations we are trying to impact. Kids continue to grow up every day and they are continually bombarded with the temptation to drink alcohol,” he said. “We have to strategize around certain events, like graduation, when the temptation is even greater for those kids and continue to remain vigilant and maintain those results.”
The S.E.T. is comprised of detectives from the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and the University of Nevada Police Services.
Monday’s operation was completed in conjunction with Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN) and the use of grant funds provided by Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (E.U.D.L.).
Similar compliance operations will continue throughout the year. Detectives encourage anyone with information regarding the sale or furnishing of alcohol to minors to contact the Street Enforcement Team at 334-3065, or Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.