Scottsdale City Council Considering Changing Public Safety Ordinance After Club Stabbings

September 09, 2013

The Scottsdale City Council will consider changes to its public safety ordinance later this week. The action comes after two stabbings at downtown clubs earlier this year. Under the proposed ordinance, clubs will have to file new safety plans that include minimum standards for security personnel. Businesses with felony incidents will have to hire off-duty police officers.

The proposal also will require clubs to hire additional off-duty police if they have two or more felony public safety incidents in a week or three such violations in a month. Repeated violations could mean an establishment will be shut down.

Many public hearings were held over the last several months seeking input from club owners, law enforcement, nearby residents and community groups. The Scottsdale City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed changes at its Tuesday meeting.

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