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Police have more powers in parks

Police officers now have the ability to ban people from city parks for up to 30 days, thanks to a new ordinance unanimously passed by the Sandy City Council. A new chapter to the city code prohibits camping in areas open to the general public.

'This gives (officers) a tool for citing people, trespassing them out of the park for a given amount of time,' Parks Director Nancy Enabnit said. 'They haven't had that tool before.'

The citing officer may ban offenders from one park or all city parks at his or her discretion; however, trespassed individuals may appeal the citation through the municipal court.

'(This) will provide stronger law enforcement capability in city parks and public spaces,' Enabnit wrote in a memo to the council.