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Quality of life issues become more evident in summer months

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Riverside Chief of Police Tom Weitzel.

Summer’s here. Well, almost. 

With the summer months upon us, quality of life issues become even more evident. 

Behavior that impedes a resident’s quality of life, such as drinking or urinating in public, disorderly behavior and noise complaints, if not dealt with properly, can result in continued calls for service to the same location. This wastes departmental resources and makes the department look indifferent.

What are generally referred to as nuisance complaints rise in the warmer months, and police agencies are called upon to handle calls for service which are really quality of life issues. 

What are they? Typically, in the warmer months, the department receives increased calls about noisy neighbors, barking dogs, animals running loose in neighborhoods, repetitive vehicle alarms sounding, abandoned or neglected vehicles parked in public areas and shared driveway issues. The police and residents need to work together on these issues. 

While the police department will respond to any call for service that is reported to them,  it is a fact that most nuisance issues and/or complaints can be handled by just having consideration for your neighbors and the residents that live in your community. A general positive practice would be to talk with your neighbors in addition to following all current ordinances. Also, notify your neighbors ahead of time if you are having some type of large event or party which would increase the parking in your neighborhood and/or the possibility for outside music. Generally, speaking to your neighbors about how long your party is going to run and when the music will stop will help make your function run much more smoothly.

In Riverside, every police contact is viewed as an opportunity to gain public support and further the department’s goals. It is through public support that the village services and government response to our residents thrives, thereby, putting us in a better position to respond and serve our residents. 

The police department will respond to all quality of life issues or concerns for our residents. However, the best approach for mediating quality of life issues is really just one word – consideration.  Ask yourself, how would I want to be treated?

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