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Can anyone help me how to get information about citizen code enforcement and on citizen code enforcement deputies?
Thank you in advance.
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Each state has its own code enforcement regulations and schools. There are also state code enforcement organizations. Illinois is http://i-ace.org/.
Thank you for your response and the link. Do you know if any local government in Illinois implements citizen code enforcement deputy program?
23 Aug 16
Not aware if they do. We have a click and report system but because of the laws involved we do not allow or citizen's to write tickets. We require our code enforcement ot be a paralegal and complete the training for code enforcement.
Previous comment is right on the money. Each state is different and the title "Code Enforcement" often times involved a wide range of duties. Here in Michigan we have Code Enforcement staff that also include animal control duties, building inspector duties, zoning duties, blight enforcement, parking enforcement, and property maintenance as examples. In many of these roles we cannot simply just let members of the public act with authority on behalf of the municipality for obvious reasons. For citizens that want to get more involved, my own view is that it probably works best to partner with the local unit of government to find and report cases that municipal staff can act on.
Thank you for your response Tim! It's helpful, I understand that it may not be easy to have citizen code enforcement deputies for similar reasons that you explained but I'm wondering how some local governments implement this program, and how they deal with authority related issues/challenges.
The Richland County Sheriff's Department has something like this on a very limited basis: for Handicap Parking violations. I've copied the text about the program from their website (http://www.rcsd.net/prog/handicapped.htm) below:
Handicapped Parking Patrol
The Handicapped Parking Patrol (HPP) was created by Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott in November of 2003. This group of 22 citizen-volunteers monitor handicapped parking spaces in all of Richland County, including the City of Columbia, Forest Acres, and Irmo. The volunteers receive training by the Sheriff's Department on the state's Handicap Parking laws. The Sheriff's Department also provides the Handicap Parking Patrol with a digital camera, a cell phone, and an orange "Handicap Parking Patrol" vest. The HPP volunteers patrol Richland County looking for motorists illegally parked in designated handicapped parking spaces. Once a violation is discovered they will record the appropriate vehicle information, including photographing the vehicle in question. They also leave a "warning flyer" on the vehicle in question. The flyer alerts the motorist that their vehicle was determined to be illegally parked, and that a Richland County deputy will be contacting them with regards to the violation. The information will then be given to the Richland County Sheriff's Department, which will meet with the motorist face-to-face to determine if a ticket will be issued. Violators of the Handicapped Parking law can be fined up to $440 or face 30 days in jail.
Citizens interested in becoming a member of the Handicapped Parking Patrol can contact Richland County Sgt. Berry Brown at 576-3043 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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