Du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties

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“ There are is­sues with traf­fic, dirt bikes and ATVs,” he sug­gested.

“I know that’s not the man­date of mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment now,” he ad­mit­ted, “ but there is an is­sue with the de­struc­tion of prop­erty.

“ Those are some of the is­sues...whether they (coun­cil) will go that route or not...

“Peo­ple park­ing wher­ever they want” - that’s an­other area still not yet in his en­force­ment man­date.

But coun­cil is look­ing at de­vel­op­ing a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with the RCMP that could give their town en­force­ment of­fi­cer the author­ity to hand out park­ing tick­ets.

For now Par­sons will have his hands full with en­forc­ing the myr­iad of mu­nic­i­pal reg­u­la­tions and poli­cies al­ready on the town’s books. They in­clude ev­ery­thing from devel­op­ment reg­u­la­tions, se­cu­rity of town build­ings and prop­erty, and help­ing in emer­gen­cies to main­tain­ing health and safety poli­cies, work­ing with the RCMP and fire de­part­ment to main­tain traf­fic and crowd con­trol at ac­ci­dent and fire scenes and an­i­mal con­trol.

Ed­u­cat­ing cit­i­zens

While law en­force­ment may some­times seem like a heavy-handed process, the soft-spo­ken Par­sons says he be­lieves “a lot of it is ed­u­ca­tion.”

For ex­am­ple, se­niors may wish to do some­thing around their home they have been do­ing all their lives without re­quir­ing a per­mit. Now, all of a sud­den, un­der some new reg­u­la­tion a per­mit may be re­quired.

Then there are new peo­ple mov­ing into places like Car­bon­ear - peo­ple who may not be from this prov­ince or coun­try. Ed­u­ca­tion in the form of a sim­ple re­minder of lo­cal rules and by-laws that have to be com­plied with may be all that is re­quired in such cases, Par­sons sug­gested.

Cred­i­bil­ity/pro­fes­sion­al­ism

Al­though he is not fully equipped or dressed for the job yet, Par­sons said he was told, “I would have a ve­hi­cle and uni­form. They sug­gested sourc­ing out the uni­form and what works best.”

As far as the chang­ing face of mu­nic­i­pal law en­force­ment is con­cerned, Par­sons says, “most mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are mov­ing for­ward now when it comes to cred­i­bil­ity. When you go into a com­mu­nity now, you don’t see a bea­tup ve­hi­cle or every­body dressed dif­fer­ently.”

He cited Con­cep­tion Bay South as a good ex­am­ple of a mu­nic­i­pal­ity that “ has come a long way with their en­force­ment and pro­fes­sion­al­ism.”

As for his fu­ture as Car­bon­ear’s new mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer, Par­sons con­cludes: “I’m look­ing for­ward to this just to see how it goes.”

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