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Cd'A parking tickets may be left to volunteers

















(Park under this sign for more than 15 minutes and you could be
getting a ticket from a civilian, not a police officer.)


COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - In an effort to best utilize Coeur d'Alene's police resources, the City may give COPS, or Citizens on Patrol, the authority to ticket those who park illegally.

The request, which will go before the Coeur D'Alene City Council next week, comes from the Coeur d'Alene Police Department.

The department is hoping that instead of a uniformed police officer handing out tickets for parking offenses, volunteers in the COPS program be given that authority which would allow police officers to focus more of their attention on crime.

COPS volunteers already travel around the city filing abandoned vehicle reports and leaving warnings for drivers who park in handicap spots illegally.

In support the proposition, Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo says more serious crimes have increased while offenses like illegal parking have actually decreased. On average his department handles about two tickets per month.

Chief Longo added that the goal of the program is not to raise more money by using volunteers, but to make his department more efficient.

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