New City Ordinance on Trespassing Aims to Protect Businesses and Patrons from Illegal Activity

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ATTACHED: SIGNUP FORM FOR BUSINESSES

A new ordinance approved by the City of Flint gives the Flint Police Department authority to take action on behalf of businesses in matters of loitering and trespassing. The ordinance, which was approved in April, will take effect on November 1 of 2015 and will become standard for all new business licenses granted within the City of Flint.  The new measure grants flexibility to property owners by giving the Flint Police Department authority to act on their behalf; police can now take action against individuals who are trespassing or causing a nuisance without direct action from the property owner. The purpose of the new measure is to more effectively combat illegal activity on business premises that directly threatens the public wellbeing.

Previously property owners needed to be present in order to make such complaints against offenders. “The problem this caused to both the property owner seeking protection from trespassers and to police was that police could not act without direct consent from the owner and could cause possible retaliation against the property owners from offenders,” said Flint Police Chief James Tolbert. “This new action allows police to take action quickly as issues arise and protects the store owners.”

The FPD is asking businesses with a high probability or record of loitering and trespassing instances to participate in this action by signing an affidavit granting police the right to act on their behalf until the ordinance takes effect in November.  The signup form below should be filled out and returned to the City of Flint Police Department. Businesses who sign up will also be given a sticker to display in their window indicating their participation to patrons during an upcoming meeting. All those who sign up will be contacted with details of the meeting.

FPD Trespass Affidavit Signup

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Kristin Moore

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Kristin Moore is the Public Information/Communications Director for the City of Flint. She spent years working as a TV news reporter and anchor in and outside of Michigan. A Flint native, Kristin is excited to now be part of the team working to move Flint forward!
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