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Chesterfield seeks to retain anonymous reporting

The Chesterfield Police Department wants to ensure that citizens are able to report concerns by making their complaints anonymous.

Currently, city code states that a person registering a complaint must provide a name and address to file an allegation.

However, Police Chief Ray Johnson says that 75% of the calls made to the Chesterfield Police Department to report a complaint are anonymous. The police department does investigate these complaints and it is in the best interest of citizens, he said.

Complaints can include anything from property maintenance concerns to noxious odors.

At its Dec. 12 meeting, the Public Health & Safety Committee recommended approval to amend the city code sections on solid waste [structure or land), building and building regulations, minimum standards of maintenance, and registering allegations.

The City Council gave a first reading to the code changes at its Jan. 6 meeting.

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