A next-door neighbour a little too rowdy in the wee hours of the morning? Your first reaction may be to call the cops.
However, depending on where you live in this province, that may no longer be an option!
In Ottawa, bylaw officers now handle noise complaints, not the local police detachment. They work in pairs from 10 pm until 2 am, wearing protective vests and wielding batons. Police officers would take over from 2 am until 6 am.
Now Ottawa police want to take things a step further. In an effort to cut costs and make the service more efficient, they want to leave it up completely to bylaw officers, unless of course the public’s safety is at risk or a criminal act is being committed.
In Kitchener, bylaw officers carry police radios and animal spray when they respond to noise complaints.
90% of noise complaints are dealt with by Guelph bylaw officers. Police will show up if the address has been flagged in their database.
London, Ontario is considering a similar approach. They’d like to take some of the workload off their police officers’ hands.
Do you think police are the most effective when dealing with early morning noise issues? Have you ever tackled a noise complaint yourself?
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