A Peoria bar is trying out a new program which will involve running one-time criminal background checks on customers.
Saddle Up said it is launching a "Club in Confidence" program to help customers feel "emotionally and physically safe when they enter." At the door, customers will hand over an ID. The bar will verify the picture on the ID looks like you, then scan a 2D barcode on the back with a handheld device. The bar will then run a criminal background check to look for a record of violent crimes.
If no violent crimes are found within seven years during the check, the bar will update the handheld records so the person does not have to submit to a background screening again. If the person tests positive for committing violent crimes, the handheld will update to deny entry to the person.
The process will take 25 to 30 seconds, the bar said in a Facebook post. The owner told 25 News the background checks will also happen at Lava Tiki Lounge, a newly opened dance club.