Kokomo trying to limit nuisance calls by passing measure

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP): Local officials are trying to limit unnecessary calls to the Kokomo Police Department.

The Kokomo Common Council on Monday approved an amendment to the city’s existing ordinance to regulate the number of times police respond to nuisance calls before the property owners could face a fine, according to the Kokomo Tribune.

Council members hope the measure will limit police runs to incidents such as noise or cleanliness complaints that could be handled by security or a landlord. The measure focuses on big box stores, such as Wal-Mart and Target, which council members say rely too heavily on police for incidents like verbal disputes and minor shoplifting.

Councilman Steve Whikehart says that responding officers will use their discretion when deciding whether to issue a citation.

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