Riverside Police Department
Special Investigations Frequently Asked Questions
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What does the Vice Unit do?
The Riverside Police Department’s Vice Unit is responsible for law enforcement relating to the following crimes: Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Lewd Conduct in public places, Alcohol and Beverage Control laws, and Illegal Gambling. The unit also administers regulatory and enforcement requirements of the Riverside Municipal Code relating to Bingo, Adult Entertainment, Massage, Vehicle for Hire and Fortune-telling.
What does the Vice Unit do to discourage prostitution activity?
The Vice Unit is tasked with the enforcement of all laws involving prostitution. Consequently, members of the unit make multiple prostitution arrests on a weekly basis. Focusing on the areas of highest concentration for prostitution activity, the Vice Unit will periodically conduct "sting" operations targeting both prostitutes and customers. Repeat offenders or reports of previous violations may be reported to the Riverside Police Department Vice Unit at (951) 353-7218.
Who do I call to report sales of alcohol to minors and/or over-serving to customers?
Specific incidents may be reported to the Police Department as a routine request for service to the Police Communications Center at (951) 354-2007. Repeat offenders or reports of previous violations may be reported to the Riverside Police Department Vice Unit at (951) 353-7218 or the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (951) 782-4400.
Q Who do I contact to get information on acquiring a Massage Establishment permit, Massage Therapist permit, Vehicle for Hire permit (e.g. Taxi Cab, Shuttle Service, and Limousine), Fortune-Telling permit, or a permit to Sell Firearms within the city of Riverside?
These permits may be acquired by contacting the Riverside Police Department Vice Unit at (951) 353-7218.
Chief of Police Sergio G. Diaz
10540 Magnolia Ave. #B
Riverside, CA 92505