Decreasing calls for service means a financial savings for RPD

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City of Reno LogoSince the adoption of the Notice of Exclusion in June 2011, the Reno Police Department is seeing crime continue to decrease in downtown Reno parks and that equates to a financial savings.

The Notice of Exclusion (Reno Municipal Code 8.23.070) is a way to keep individuals that continually commit crimes from returning to city of Reno parks. An individual who commits a crime in a city of Reno park is either cited or arrested. Along with a citation or an arrest, an officer can give a Notice of Exclusion, which can result in a warning, 90-day exclusion, 120-day exclusion or 180-day exclusion.

When comparing statistics at five major downtown parks (Broadhead, West Street Plaza, Wingfield, Barbara Bennett and Bicentennial) from 2011 to 2012, the Reno Police Department has seen a decrease in calls for service of 21 percent, which equates to 65 fewer calls for service. So far in 2012, officers have issued a total of 34 warnings and 25 Notice of Exclusions. As an average the adoption of the Notice of Exclusion has saved the Reno Police Department more than $4,000 in 2012 alone.

In September 2010, Reno Police officers from the Downtown Enforcement Team began looking at ways to increase citizen and tourist enjoyment in city of Reno parks by creating a safe and friendly atmosphere. DET officers worked in collaboration with city of Reno’s Attorney’s Office, City Clerk’s office, Parks Department and Records Division along with the ACLU to revise an old Municipal Code and create the Notice of Exclusion. The Reno City Council adopted the Notice of Exclusion in spring of 2011, and the Reno Police Department began enforcing it on June 1, 2011.

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