Saturday, July 24, 2010

Double Duty: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

    
The D&C reports that Gates Police have added code enforcement duty to their shifts.

"Ninety-eight percent of people comply. It's been rewarding ... Our view was taking care of neighborhoods and not letting them deteriorate is a big crime issue. We needed to keep the neighborhoods from falling off a cliff." ~~ Gates Police Chief David DiCaro

SCATS ~~ Imagine if a Greece police officer reported visible code violations back for the town to follow up on with each call to a residence or business ... Greece would look better within a month since GPD makes 1200+ calls in a week!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

When they added that PR stunt for 2 weeks by doing extra patrols in Dewey-Stone they were also doing property inspections. Seems like if it is working for Gates it could work here.

SCATS said...

To 11:05AM ~~ Actually, I thought Chief Todd stated at one of his early community meetings that they were going to report code violations when on calls, but after that, I heard no more about it. I think Greece really needs this. If it works in Gates, it should work here. Right Uncle Alzheimer?

Anonymous said...

Nothing like making Officer Helpful into a snitch for the Doccatcher risen to head the Building Department to foster better relations between the public and the police.

Do we not already have a sufficiency of people peeking over the fence reporting Code violations to jam the switchboard at Town Hovel?

Maybe we can buy a copy of the NET plan from Bob Duffy too, I hear he is having sort of a garage sale on his way out of town, just last week he sold 2 pristine lakes for chumpchange.

Anonymous said...

In Gates there would be no need for the building inspector to come since the officer writes up and gives the ticket to the homeowner. If it is ignored then there would be further legal action. What would happen if the owner was not the occupant and the owner never was notified?

Anonymous said...

Try it as a secondary duty only.

SCATS said...

To 5:04AM ~~ I'm fine with that. Imagine what will happen if they ever got a call for service at Northgate Plaza!

Anonymous said...

How many hours of taxpayer funded training time will it take for the dogcatcher er I mean Code Compliance Clown to teach the cops what the Code is and how to determine if a property is compliant or not?

BTW, this program has been covertly in force for over 2 years. GPD can't solve the burglary ring operating in Barnard so they call in Code Compliance on the victimized homeowner.

Welcome to Greece.
We promise
You'll get Screwed.

SCATS said...

To 12:56AM ~~ Haven't you heard? That part of Greece is becoming part of the 10th ward of the city ever since Greece's town board turned their back on it.

Anonymous said...

Probably they will just use instinct to tell if a property is messy or full of junk or shabby. Then they can scan for any of about 10 easy to spot violations. For example unregistered vehicle on front lawn with flowers growing out of it. Front yard that looks like a weedy meadow, grass a foot high.
And if the house is in foreclosure it is still owned by the person that is not paying the mortgage. So if the town of Gates is tending to the mowing and charging hundreds for each service, they will never get paid. What a racket Irondequoit charging that much to mow a lawn $600 apiece. They could subcontract and get it done for $20 per job. Gates $75 per hour per worker which they probably pad since they will have the "watcher workers" we always see with public jobs. And are DPW workers in Gates getting $75 per hour?
And are there Miranda rights when a cop comes to your front door and asks about your broken garage door? Do you have the right to be silent?
Has anyone seen Parking Wars about the parking enforcement around Philadelphia. Those people can issue tickets but are not police. Some employee like that should issue the tickets.
And a property code violation does not give a police officer "probable cause" to approach and warn . This is just an excuse for the police to snoop. And if they are on the property and "happen to see" the marijuana growing they can have cause for a search warrant.