The Alice Police Department is cracking down on quality of life issues, like loose animals, parking and litter. Their new Police Chief Randy Weems said he is simply responding to what the public wants to see happen in Alice.
Weems said most people know that, when they park the wrong way on the street, that it is against the law. Now, the chief has his officers out in the community warning folks, and soon they will be issuing citations.
"We're going to get this red truck right here," said Officer Nick Reyes of the Alice Police Department. "This is what our new chief's plan is. Vehicles like this, not properly parked, facing traffic, he wants us to make contact with them, let them know about it. Give them a warning. If not, go as far as giving them a citation so we can enforce it."
Reyes took Kiii News Reporter Mike DaSilva around town Monday as he warned folks parked the wrong way on city streets, or on the curb. He also pointed out some noticeable litter, especially at Anderson Park.
Chief Weems said these problems are detracting from the quality of life in Alice, and so his department will be stepping enforcement.
"It's all about paying attention to the little things," Weems said. "If we let our communities go to waste, if we let them become trash heaps, if we don't enforce code issues, then basically, we're all going to be subject to whoever the worst neighbor in the neighborhood is."
Weems said he is approaching this effort as an educational opportunity, and is looking for the public's participation. The chief said he hopes the public fixes the problem on their own, and that the police department doesn't have to write any citations, and only has to hand out a few warnings. But after next week the police department will begin enforcement.
However, they are already handing out citations for people who intentionally litter.
Weems said the gang and drug problem in Alice is a top priority that the public wants addressed, but he said the public has also made it clear through their input that they want these other problems addressed as well.
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