California Code Officers Seeing Rise In Threats And Attacks Due To COVID Restriction Enforcement

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California code officers are seeing a rise in the number of threats of physical harm while enforcing COVID-related restrictions. President of the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers Darrell Revier says more than 20 incidents involving some kind of threat against a code enforcement officer were documented last year.

 

Revier says code enforcement officers are often contacted after law enforcement to investigate if a business is violating COVID restrictions. Complaints range from not enforcing proper physical distancing requirements to businesses being open when they are considered “non-essential” during the pandemic.  Revier says every incident that is documented will be reported to local law enforcement. He adds there is a formal mechanism for appealing a code enforcement officer’s decision, but officers also know how to de-escalate tense encounters through extensive training.