Albemarle Police Propose Amendment to Loitering Legislation
The Albemarle County Police Department and the commonwealth's attorney are teaming up to crack down on loitering. Now they are asking the board of supervisors to step in.
Both are asking the board of supervisors to consider amending the county code to allow police to issue barment notices.
Police say one problem area is the Shoppers World Plaza, located across from Fashion Square.
Right now, the owners of the properties can issue no trespass notices but a county amendment would give officers more flexibility to make arrest and ban individuals from the premises.
The commonwealth's attorney and the police chief believe this proposal will be an effective way to combat loitering.
Sergeant Darrell Byers with Albemarle County police said, "A lot of the business owners in this community they don't live in the area so sometimes it's difficult when they have issues on their property for them to properly deal with it. So this would allow us to deal with those issues if you have an absentee business owner."
It will be at the chief of police's discretion which business or community they will enforce this, if approved by the board of supervisors. The chief will make a presentation to the board at its meeting on Wednesday.
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