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<br />SURPRISE POLICE DEPARTMENT <br />UNATTRACTIVE NUISANCE/COMMUNITY BLIGHTOPS-15 <br />Effective Date RevisionDateLast ReviewDate <br />Page 1 of 2 <br />06-26-200603-12-201003-2010 <br />I.PURPOSE: <br />When a residence or business presents an unattractivenuisance that involves <br />criminal activity, the Surprise Police Department will take steps to address the <br />safety issue. <br />II.POLICY: <br />The policy of the Surprise Police Department is to cover the appropriate steps to be <br />taken by the on-scene Department personnel when a building, incident, situation or <br />premise presents a safety issue to the public. <br />III.DEFINITIONS: <br />A.UnattractiveNuisance/Community Blight <br />1.Swimming pools <br />2.Abandoned and burned out buildings <br />3.Abandoned refrigerators <br />4.Electrical generating sub-stations <br />5.Sink holes <br />6.Abandoned mines <br />7.Hazardous material on private property or in the right of way <br />8.Exposures to blood borne pathogens or any other unsafe condition(s). <br />IV.PROCEDURE: <br />A.When an officerobserves, or is notified of an unattractive <br />nuisance/community blight situation, the officerwill attempt to remedy the <br />nuisance and notify their immediate on-duty Supervisor. <br />B.If the officercannot immediately remedy the nuisance, the Supervisor will <br />evaluate the situation and determine if the nuisance is related to criminal <br />activity. <br />C.If criminal activity is involved, the Supervisor will then attempt to locate and <br />work with the property owner to resolve the situation. <br />D.If the property owner or responsible party cannot be contacted or refuses to <br />remedy the nuisance and it is an immediate hazard or emergency, the <br />Supervisor will investigatethe situation to include the possibility of formal <br />charges through the City of Surprise City Code violations and/or Arizona <br />Revised Statutes regarding the situation. If deemed appropriate, the <br />Supervisor will notify the on-duty/on-call Command Officer of the situation <br />regarding formal steps for charging the property owner or responsible party <br />under A.R.S. and/or City Code violations. <br /> <br />