Public Safety Message: Riverton Police Department's integration of animal control and code enforcement

thumb-november-2023-publicsafety-messageBy Chief Blair Barfuss

In July, the police department integrated with animal services and code enforcement to streamline benefits for our residents. We are excited to have Oscar Juarez and Trish Watson as the newest members of our department.

Please meet Oscar Juarez and Trish Watson.

Oscar has been with Riverton City for two years as Riverton’s only code enforcement officer. In recent months, Oscar has successfully helped three residents comply with health and safety codes educating with professional compassion. Oscar has responded to over 200 calls for service; many of these calls remain open as residents take steps to comply.

Our code enforcement is responsible for ensuring Riverton City regulations are followed by property and business owners. They inspect properties, respond to complaints, and enforce zoning codes, building standards and other ordinances. Their duties include issuing warnings, citations, and fines to ensure the community adheres to safety and aesthetic standards, helping maintain the quality of life in Riverton. Additionally, Oscar serves as back up to our animal control officer.

Since 2018, Trish has served as Riverton’s animal control officer. She collaborates closely with Stone Ridge Veterinary Clinic to ensure safe return of lost pets and careful placement of found or injured animals. Since July, Trish has reunited 16 animals to their owners and seen six additional animals find new homes. This is quite an accomplish as our only animal control officer. Watch carefully for pet announcements and adoption opportunities on our city Facebook page.

Animal control officers work to protect and improve the lives of animals and promote responsible pet care within Riverton. Their duties include responding to calls about stray, injured or neglected animals, as well as investigating cases of animal cruelty. They rescue and provide care for animals in distress, enforce animal control laws, and educate the public about responsible pet ownership.

Working with Trish and Oscar strengthens the police department and highlights our core values of P.R.I.D.E. (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence). We are proud to enhance public safety, foster a more orderly community and promote responsible pet ownership. We are confident we are making our neighborhoods an even better place to live.

During the third quarter of 2023, police officers responded to over 3,000 calls. There were 218 traffic-related accidents during this time and resulted in:

  • 777 traffic citations
  • 35 arrests

All police department employees endeavor to enhance the quality of life for everyone in our community, and we take pride in serving you. Together, we can build a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

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