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Police learned that a number of people had been hanging out around a vacant building on 8th Street. It was reported that a vehicle drove by them and shot at them. Gunfire was exchanged between the group on the street and the vehicle. Owens said members of the group then got into vehicles and chased after the other.

In other business, Owens said there are plans to increase the size of the Community Services Bureau, which contains the Community Police Unit (currently staffed by four patrol officers and one sergeant), Traffic Safety (four patrol officers and one sergeant), and the Neighborhood Conditions Team (two patrol officers, one sergeant).

“There has to be a reasonable balance,” Owens said in response to questions from the committee’s chairman, David Bissember. “You’re talking about neighborhoods where they may not have access to backyards. I absolutely understand the concerns about sidewalks.”

Prior to the report, a resident addressed the committee raising concerns about people blocking the sidewalks with grills and distributing drugs under the cover of having a barbecue. Owens said while that may sometimes occur, he tends to think most of these people are simply having a cookout.

He said if pedestrian traffic, or vehicle traffic, is being blocked by outdoor grilling then police will step in, but otherwise, “… we have to use a fair amount of discretion and judgement. We have to be considerate of communities and what their normal activities might be, so there has to be a balancing act.”

Owens said it’s a frustrating issue, but the department plans to abide by its pursuit rules, which are designed to protect public safety. He said last year, police saw some success with using “community intelligence” to learn where riders were starting and ending their trips. He said the public should report illegal ATV and dirtbike activity. Even if an arrest isn’t made on a particular incident, the information allows police to detect patterns which may lead to enforcement.

“I guess I’m a little disappointed here,” said Councilman Mark McGrath, regarding what he felt was police not enforcing open container, and marijuana laws. He said law abiding citizens follow such laws, “… now you’re saying to them, we’re just not going to enforce them. That’s an issue.”

Owens said there are laws on the books, but officers have, “… discretion in applying the law, and that’s important with any neighborhood issue or traffic safety (issue). I didn’t say anything about not addressing open burn of marijuana, I was talking about grills…”

Nicholas Laviano, president of the Troy PBA, said that a number of years ago, two Troy police officers responded to a noise complaint that turned violent, with one officer being stripped of their radio and attacked while the other officer was engaged with another person. He said members of the city council, who no longer sit on it, were less than supportive of police.

“It was demoralizing to the police force when we see that,” Laviano said. “I’m asking you guys, from our membership, we will enforce that, we will go out there, just back us up when that happens, when that noise complaint goes south, because it can.”