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Kids won’t clean their rooms? Don’t call the Pocatello cops

Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand said his department made the decision because their calls for service are increasing, and officers are spending too much time running from call to call.
Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand said his department made the decision because their calls for service are increasing, and officers are spending too much time running from call to call. Idaho State Journal

Police in Pocatello say they won’t respond to any more calls about unruly kids who won’t clean their rooms.

Police Chief Scott Marchand said in a prepared statement that the department is trying to better utilize time and resources, and that means officers will no longer respond to calls from parents looking for someone else to discipline their child. Officers will also no longer respond to civil incidents like disputes between landlords and tenants.

“Since officers don’t really have any authority in such matters, it doesn’t make sense for them to respond to those incidents,” Marchand told the Idaho State Journal.

They will still respond to calls about crimes or disturbances, however.

Pocatello isn’t the first Idaho city to tell parents that police aren’t at work to deal with unruly children. The Nampa Police Department announced last month that officers will only respond to actual crimes, not complaints about kids who refuse to brush their teeth. Lt. Jason Kimball said at the time that his department gets several such calls a week.

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