Police powers will be granted to numerous city employees as a way to step up enforcement of local laws.
The City Council late Tuesday gave unanimous preliminary approval to an ordinance that allows 18 categories of employees--primarily building and sanitation inspectors--to write citations for misdemeanors.
The employee would have to see the misdemeanor being committed, and the violated law would have to be under the employee's jurisdiction. A building inspector, for example, could write tickets for violations of city building codes; animal control officers could write tickets for violations of animal regulations.
The measure is designed to make it easier to stop lawbreakers more quickly and to relieve busy police officers of nuisance violations, such as too much noise on construction sites.