21 Sep

SPD Turns To Municipal Violations To Catch Low-Level Thieves

first_imgSoldotna Police Chief Peter Mlynarik… The result is that even if the alleged thieves are caught and charged, they aren’t taken to jail and they may never face court. Chief Mlynarik: “Well municipal law, it’s a violation, so it’s a fine, kind of like a traffic citation, where you’d be given the option, you can either pay the fine or you can have an optional appearance in court, if you want.” During public testimony at the Capitol, lawmakers have also heard that state prosecutors aren’t pursuing many cases of lower-level theft, since budget cuts have reduced the Department’s staffing and increased attorney’s caseloads. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Police have been voicing frustration with being unable to arrest petty thieves. The Legislature is working on changes to low-level theft laws, but in the meantime Soldotna’s police force is using city laws to punish alleged thieves. Chief Mlynarik: “Well sometimes the B misdemeanours don’t rise to the top of the plate for prosecution at the state level. So instead of having the possibility of having it dismissed, the city would at least try to seek some fine for it.” Mlynarik says the municipal citation ensures there is some consequence for thieves and that both the alleged victim and the city are compensated for their losses.last_img

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