Tempe police, bars work together to curb underage drinking

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tempe police and Mill Avenue bars are working together to curb underage drinking.

Police and establishments licensed to sell alcohol in the Downtown District work together year-round to prevent underage individuals from using false identification to get into bars, according to Tempe police spokeswoman Molly Enright.
Enright said police officers provide training to staff and management on current trends, and on how to spot falsified ID cards.

Nearly 1,800 fake IDs were seized by police and Downtown District businesses last year.

Enright said the seized IDs show the commitment and dedication by the management of the businesses to follow the law and prevent the serious consequences that can result from underage drinking.
"We want to send a clear message that the person to whom you hand your ID is trained in the area of falsified identification detection," Enright said in a news release. "Those using a fake identification can be arrested and fined."
Year                 Total Seized IDs
2012                        1,761
2011                        2,138
2010                        1,926
2012 Top (5) Locations-Seizures          Total Number of Seized IDs
Mill Avenue Cue Club                                                     378
School of Rock                                                               285
Canteen                                                                         194
Firehouse (opened September 2012)                            149
Vintage                                                                           136
2012 Top (3) Locations-Arrests  
             Total Number of Arrests
School of Rock                                                                  54
Mill Avenue Cue Club                                                        31
Canteen                                                                            14