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Berlin police chief: Targeting nuisance complaints pays off in fewer service calls
The police chief may charge the offender “the costs associated with the nuisance activities that occur and to provide for forfeitures and/or fines for the individuals who create such nuisance activities or situations….”
Morency credited the “nuisance activity” ordinances with being a factor in driving down several categories in his annual year-end report. The most recent report saw the total calls for service decrease from 20,586 in 2012 to 18,553, nearly a 10 percent decline.
That kind of relationship hasn’t always been the norm, the chief said, noting that over the past decade, Berlin has experienced an influx of new residents, many of them attracted by the availability of affordable rental housing.
Conviction rate hike
Berlin’s police chief since 2002, Morency said the ordinances have also resulted in an increase in convictions.
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