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Arrests during Hot August Nights down 40 percent from 2013

Post Date:08/04/2014 8:30 AM

This last week Reno was filled with thousands of people enjoying classic cars, a little nostalgia, and various events for Hot August Nights.

“We are ecstatic to report that arrests for Hot August Nights are down 40 percent from 2013,” says City of Reno Special Events Program Manager Alexis Hill. “This is just one example of how well run Hot August Nights is; and the cohesive partnership that has been formed between their staff volunteers, the Downtown Casinos and the City of Reno.”

The City of Reno’s final statistics for the 2014 Hot August Nights have been collected and are as follows:

City of Reno’s Community Safety and Service Team (CSAST) statistics:

  • 19 downtown businesses were visited and all of them were in compliance. The main goals of the operation were to address education to businesses in lighting, signs and overall observance with the City’s SafeScape initiatives for downtown.
Reno Police Department statistics (these numbers do not include warnings):
  • Total Arrests: 14
  • Misdemeanor Citations: 1
  • Civil Protective Custody: 7
  • Possession of Controlled Substance: 1
  • Open Container Alcohol: 3
  • Warrant Arrest (theft): 1
  • Panhandling:  4
  • Felony DUI (3rd offense):  1
  • Domestic Battery:  1
  • Trespassing:  2
  • Urinating in Public:  1
The 2013 Reno Police Department statistics were (these numbers do not include warnings):
  • Total Arrests: 24
  • Misdemeanor Citations: 4
  • Civil Protective Custody: 7
“Hot August Nights continues to improve their event, attracting more families and car enthusiasts to their downtown venue,”  said the Reno Police Department’s Lt. Rob VanDiest.  “Because of the incredibly friendly and cooperative crowds, RPDattributes this to the decrease in arrests for this years event.”  

The City of Reno strives to enhance the community’s quality of life by promoting a sustainable and vibrant economy. Supporting regional and local special events is just one example. For more information, visit

Background: On April 16, 2014, the Reno City Council approved $40,000 in in-kind sponsorship for City services for Hot August Nights, which covers the costs associated with public safety, traffic control, and city personnel. This is the fourth consecutive year the City has partnered with Hot August Nights, reducing City service costs.

CSAST was created to ensure departments within the City work collectively with business and property owners. The team consists of representatives from the Reno Police Department, Code Enforcement, Business License, Reno Fire Department, and other agencies as needed.
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