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Crime Prevention through Code Enforcement - The Code Team

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Crime Prevention through Code Enforcement - The Code Team

The City’s interagency “Code Team” was formed to address nuisance and derelict properties where multiple problems exist that cannot be handled by a single agency. With representatives from Code Enforcement, the Police Department, Animal Control, Social Services, Fire-EMS and Building Inspections, the Code Team is uniquely equipped to pursue remedies to situations where there is a mixture of building maintenance or fire code violations, eyesores, illegal activities, unauthorized business activity and sub-standard housing.

The Code Team is coordinated by a part-time Fire Inspector in the Code Enforcement Division. Referrals to the team come from the participating departments as well as citizens and neighborhood groups. The Code Team also works hand-in-hand with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to bring the owners of such properties to court and enforce compliance with various City codes.

Recognizing that crime tends to increase in neighborhoods where eyesores and nuisances go unchecked, the Code Team is a valuable asset toward cleaning up problem properties that degrade neighborhood quality.

For more information on the Code Team please call 853-2344.