At tonight's Salemtown Neighbors Neighborhood Association meeting, we found out from our community police officers that Chief Ronal Serpas is considering the idea of forming "Quality of Life" Units. Accordingly, at least one officer in each precinct would be trained and certified in codes enforcement, and those officers would be able to cite codes violators, even if present to address other violations.
Given the plodding, bureaucratic process resulting from reporting codes violations to Metro Codes, I think that Serpas's idea is an outstanding one. Anything that the police can do to help maintain our codes standards against violators (overwhelming vegetation, vehicles in yards, excessive trash, etc.) should make our neighborhoods better. The plans are only preliminary at this point, so please consider contacting Chief Serpas (jump to the on-line police form) and encouraging him to follow through on those plans, and please contact your council members (including the at-Large ones) and ask to support this idea.