THUNDER BAY – Earlier this year the Red Deer Public Safety Compliance Team (PSCT) was formed to address concerns related to drinking establishments in the city of Red Deer. The team is both prevention and enforcement based and will strive to improve the safety of staff and patrons and reduce the negative impact these establishments have on the community. PSCT is a partnership between the Red Deer City RCMP, Red Deer City Fire Department, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission Red Deer Branch, and the City of Red Deer Inspections and Licensing department.
The Team will work at reducing the instances of:
● over serving of alcohol;
● serving under aged people;
● fire code violations;
● exceeding occupancy limits;
● escalating violence.
This past spring PSCT met bar owners and managers of several Red Deer drinking establishments to: introduce PSCT members, outline their mandate, review and discuss best practices.
On August 22, 2012, in response to public and police concerns PSCT conducted a Licensed Premises Check on the Tequila Nightclub, 5000 block of 48th Street in Red Deer. The Team found the night club to be in violation of several offences related to minors being inside. Twelve minors, eight female and 4 male, were located inside and issued tickets for being unlawfully in a licenced premises.
On August 31, 2012, the owners of Tequila Nightclub, were charged with 12 counts of Unlawfully permit a minor to be in a licensed premises in relation to the August 22, 2012 incident. They are scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on September 25, 2012 for first appearance.