Bylaw officers stay up late

Whitehorse bylaw services will be extending its hours of operation. Two years ago, bylaw sat down with community groups to evaluate its program.

Whitehorse bylaw services will be extending its hours of operation.

Two years ago, bylaw sat down with community groups to evaluate its program.

They found that the public thought that the hours should be extended.

As of August 18, the weekday hours will be lengthened so bylaw officers are on call from 7:30 a.m. until midnight.

Weekend and holiday hours will also be changed: 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

“This is not meant to cover noisy party complaints,” said bylaw manager John Taylor.

Bylaw officers are not equipped to deal with situations where alcohol is involved.

Fortunately, the increased hours don’t mean an increase in cost.

“We’re not increasing our people power,” said Senior Const. Dave Pruden.

In the past, eight-hour shifts always had a two-hour overlap from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., he said.

“We’re not sure why, it’s just always been that way.”

The overlap will now be decreased to half an hour.

Any urgent complaints that need to be made after the new hours can still be directed to the trouble line at Whitehorse Fire Department. (CO)

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