Greenwood Ordinance Would Fine Residents For False Alarms

The ordinance would charge residents $50 per piece of firefighting equipment used to respond to each false alarm in a calendar year.

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Johnson County residents would be fined if Greenwood police respond to a false alarm.

Greenwood residents could soon pay for falsely dialing 911 or installing faulty alarms. An ordinance under consideration by the Greenwood City Council would mirror similar legislation in Carmel, Fishers, and Greenfield which fines residents and commercial businesses for false alarms.

City Councilman Mike Campbell says the ordinance will cut down on costs and leave more time for police and fire officials to do their job.

‘We spend a large amount of money every time they have to go out on a call and this way we will reduce those numbers of false calls and be better prepared when there’s a real emergency,” Campbell says.

The law would impose a fine after a second false or faulty alarm. Butt the fine would be graduated, with $50 charged per piece of firefighting equipment used to respond to each false alarm in a calendar year.

Greenwood Corporation Counsel Krista Taggert says the cash will be plowed back into the city’s police and fire departments.

“The fire ones go to a fire safety fund and we use that for fire education programs that we do in the schools and the police funds are going into the police equipment and training fund,” Taggert says.

The council has given preliminary approval to the law, but a second vote is needed to enact it.

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