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Leveraging Code Enforcement for Neighborhood Safety

Simon Goldstein with the Business and Professional People for the Public Interest shared a great resource with me. It’s a brochure that deals with police-code-community partnerships and it discusses the relationship between code enforcement and neighborhoods. Its opening paragraph is as follows:

Effective enforcement of building and housing codes is a key ingredient in many neighborhood revitalization efforts. Community developers have found that the long term success of their revitalization work often hinges on cleaning up or redeveloping problem properties that deter investors, frustrate existing residents and generally contribute to an environment of fear, disorder and crime. Law enforcement also understands the important relationships of crime, blight, and code enforcement. Under the rubric of the “broken window theory”, social scientists have documented the opportunistic nature of crime, showing that vacant properties and dilapidated buildings become magnets for crime. Applying the techniques of problem-oriented policing, more law enforcement agencies today use a place-based approach to tackle these neighborhood hot spots deploying special nuisance abatement teams with assistance from their code enforcement partners.

You can download the entire brochure at http://www.lisc.org/content/publications/detail/5648

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  1. Ronald Sieh
    August 4th, 2009 at 15:53 | #1

    I attended your seminar in Peoria on July 22, 2009 and you talked about case law against an inspector that had just happened recently. I thought I wrote it down but I can’t get any information on it. Redwood v Lierman
    Can you help me with this??
    I am still trying to figure out how I can satisfy the 4 amendment after going through an administrative hearing. I have talked to the City Attorney and the answer I received from them was not the same thing that you instructed on towing cars and cleanuing properties. They quoted (no need for an administrative warrant since we went through the administrative hearing and received the order to tow or clean the property). I’m confused now 🙂
    Can you give any further information to help??
    Thanks Ron

    • Linda Pieczynski
      August 5th, 2009 at 07:18 | #2

      Please see my latest post with the case citations. Thanks for your comment.

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