New offenses added to Frisco charter
FRISCO – The Frisco Town Council gave the police department the approval to add several new offenses to the town charter, which the police chief hopes will allow officers more input in cases after an arrest is made.Chief Tom Wickman outlined the following offenses to be added on the charter:– Prohibition of harassment (charges such as annoying people with physical contact or using obscene gestures or language in public places),– Prohibition of public urination and defecation,– Prohibition of the drinking of an alcoholic beverage in a public place (makes it unlawful to drink alcoholic beverages in any place other than licensed premises and illegal to have an unsealed alcoholic beverage in a public place, and– Failure to report a disturbance in a liquor-licenses premise (unlawful for any holder of a liquor license to fail to report a disturbance to the police department immediately).Wickman also attempted to add the prohibition of graffiti and tagging to the charter, but the council put that ordinance on hold while codes from surrounding communities are examined.”I have all the confidence that this ordinance will be passed as well, ” said Wickman.These particular offenses were selected after careful consideration of officer input, said Wickman.He said one of the primary reasons for updating the charter is often times these charges are categorized as crimes that don’t really fit the bill.For instance, public urination always has been ticketed as indecent exposure.Another reason is these crimes always have been heard in the county court and now they’ll be presented in the municipal court.”With our town prosecutor hand-ling these cases, we’ll have more of a say in the sentencing aspect, whether it’s a fine or a court date,” Wickman said. “It’s not only about the punishment, it’s about helping people out also. Perhaps this way, we can help somebody do some good or help them change their life.”Besides the addition of the no smoking ordinance earlier this year, there hadn’t been any updates to the offenses section of the town charter for 10 years.”It’s important to update the codes. We can’t let so much time go by between changes,” Wickman said.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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