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Parent responsibility ordinance being eyed by Grandview police

GRANDVIEW - At Thursday night's Grandview United meeting, Grandview Police Chief Dave Charvet provided an update on the status of future city ordinance changes regarding parental responsibility and gang-like behavior.

Charvet told the Grandview United members his department and city officials have been working on a new parent responsibility ordinance. He said the city has one on the books from the early 90s but this ordinance was deemed unconstitutional state wide and hasn't been used for years.

A model the city of Tacoma has been using has gained Charvet's interest but one the city of Pasco uses looks to be better for Grandview.

"Pasco has a parent-responsibility ordinance and its been held up in court," he told the Grandview United members.

Using Pasco's model, the Grandview Police Department plans to tighten up some loop holes before presenting it to the city council. The new ordinance will make parents responsible for their children after hours. Police will be able to pick up the kids who are out after a curfew is imposed and then take them home. If a pattern develops where the same kids are being picked up and taken home, the police will be able to cite the parents.

Charvet also spoke about the anti-gang ordinance recently passed in Sunnyside and being copied by other cities in the valley.

"I believe every city in the area will some day have an ordinance like this one," he said of the Sunnyside model.

He said he and city officials have met with the county prosecutor and believe most of the laws needed to deal with gangs are already on the books.

"We should tighten up our statutes and ordinances," he said.

He said the issue of racism and targeting ethnic groups is out there so the city wants to define gang-like behavior the same way the Grandview School District defines it.

"Then it will pass muster," Charvet said.

He pointed out his police force will not be targeting any certain race of people but people's conduct.

Charvet said these are the types of ordinances his department is working on and is hoping to have them ready to present to the city council within 30 days.

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