Tag Archive for 'police'

Council Passes Pro-Marijuana Resolution

Last night, City Council passed a resolution memorializing the General Assembly to decriminalize marijuana, Lisa Provence writes in The Hook. The resolution was originally also to instruct the Charlottesville Police not to enforce the state law prohibiting possession, but that bit was stricken, leaving it only as a comparatively toothless request to the legislature. It passed on a 3–2 vote, with Mayor Satyendra Huja and Kathy Galvin opposing it.

Council Denies Police Camera Funding

Council has again shot down the police department’s request for funding to put CCTV security cameras all along the Downtown Mall.  #

County Police Can’t Pay Enough to Attract Employees

It turns out that the combination of low pay and high standards doesn’t make the Albemarle County Police Department an attractive employer, Megan Davis writes in the Daily Progress. They’ve had a hiring freeze in place for a few years, their starting pay is 13% considerably below market, and they recently increased their hiring standards, which probably explains why they’ve got less than 120 officers, when they need 150 to meet the county standard of 1.5 officers per 1,000 residents. The county has increased the starting salary by 7%—about half of what’s necessary to meet the market rate—but the Board of Supervisors doesn’t want to lower hiring standards, and it’s fairly unlikely that they’ll provide the funding to improve pay for both new and existing officers.

Local Hotspots for Parking Tickets

From Derick Waller at NBC-29, the ten places where the Charlottesville Police give out the most parking tickets:

  1. Water St. Parking lot (2,756)
  2. University Ave (1,626)
  3. E. Jefferson St. (1,321)
  4. E. Market St. (894)
  5. 4th St. NE (877)
  6. W. Main St. (868)
  7. 13th St. NW (789)
  8. Garrett St. (779)
  9. Jefferson Park Ave. (737)
  10. 4th St. SE (710)