Omaha police will soon have a new tool when it comes to crime fighting -- No Cruising.
On Tuesday, the Omaha City Council approved a plan that would allow some streets to be designated No Cruising areas. It doesn't happen at the drop of a hat. Omaha Police need to first spot a trouble area -- ask Public Works to look into it and then the City Council needs to sign off on it.
Omaha Police Captain Adam Kyle told council members that it would be another tool in a police officer's tool belt. "I've been an officer for 20 years. I carry mace. I've used it once. I carry a stick and used it once. I carry a gun and have used it once on a person, 3 or 4 times on a dog and once on a car."
Omaha Councilman Frank Brown questioned whether it was necessary and if it would give more discretionary ability to police.
Omaha City Prosecutor Marty Conboy explained how violating a No Cruising sign would be enforced. An officer would need to see the driver of the same vehicle on 3 occasions in the same area before it was a crime.
Ordinance sponsor Dan Welch told his colleagues that he believed the plan would help police keep a bad situation from getting worse.
The ordinance goes into effect in mid-December.