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SS- 4204   2.    
City Council Study Session
Meeting Date: 02/11/2014  
Subject:    False alarm permit ordinance
Department: Police Department  

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Subject
False alarm permit ordinance
Purpose of Discussion
Staff proposes that Council consider an ordinance to amend Chapter 9.01 to the Puyallup Municipal Code, relating to alarm systems. The amendment will authorize the Puyallup Police Department to contract with a third party vendor to manage the alarm program.

The City's Alarm System Code is in need of an update to reduce instances of false alarms and aid in the enforcement of the ordinance. Over the past 4 years, the Puyallup Police Department has responded to 4765 alarms and approximately 98% of them have been false. The purpose of the ordinance is to protect against false alarms that may hinder or diminish the availability of police services to the general public and to safeguard public resources. The intent of updating this section of Code is to reduce instances of false alarms allowing scarce police resources to better focus on priority tasks. Neighboring agencies have updated their Alarm Systems Codes and have experienced a dramatic reduction in false alarms.

The use of a third party vendor to manage the alarm program will increase customer service, efficiency and reduce instances of false alarms. Neighboring agencies have utilized third party vendors to manage their alarm programs and have realized substantial reductions in instances of false alarms.
Alternatives
The alternative to updating the Municipal Code is to utilize the current Municipal Code and accept police assets responding to false alarms instead of focusing on other law enforcement priorities.
Recommended Future Action
Staff recommends that Council pass an Ordinance of the City of Puyallup amending Chapter 9.01 to the Puyallup Municipal Code, relating to Alarm Systems and authorize the Police Department to contract with a third party vendor to manage the alarm program.

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