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New officers to lay down the bylaw

Ten new uniformed bylaw officers under a new enforcement unit with the city will now tackle noise complaints, snow-covered walkways, and unsightly yards seven days week.

Ten new uniformed bylaw officers under a new enforcement unit with the city will now tackle noise complaints, snow-covered walkways, and unsightly yards seven days week.

The officers, who will be operating patrol cars, will also pull over vehicles with unsecured loads and they will work with community associations to tackle neighbourhood issues.

John Simmons, a co-ordinator with the city’s Community Standards Peace Officers department, says bylaw enforcement has only been a complaints-driven branch that has only focused on private property issues on regular business days.

With the new officers, the city can now make a more proactive approach in ensuring the city’s public areas, walkways, roads and green spaces are kept safe and clean.

“This was identified by citizens as the type of service they wanted to see,” said Simmons.

“They want to see uniformed officers in their neighbourhoods and them having a higher level of availability.”

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