Clarkstown Police Chief Raymond McCullagh has seen main enhancements at a few troublesome resorts, because of enforcement of nuisance legal guidelines.
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Clarkstown cops frequented a pair native motels tons of of occasions over the previous 4 years, and it wasn’t due to the beneficiant rewards packages.
Time after time, complaints about prostitution and medicines introduced patrol models to the Days Inn in Nanuet and the Nyack Motor Lodge in West Nyack.
These visits adopted a well-known sample: Arrests can be made, typically for misdemeanors or violations, however the companies would keep open and the criminality would proceed.
And police stated it was getting worse.
This vicious cycle put a drain on the division’s assets, irritating cops and disheartening the general public, Police Chief Raymond McCullagh stated.
“When a civilian sees this … it takes some religion out of the felony justice system,” McCullagh stated.
WEST NYACK: Motel targeted for prostitution, drug activity
That began to change this year, when the motels were threatened with fines and closure if they didn’t start cleaning up their acts.
Those threats, made by District Attorney Thomas Zugibe and County Attorney Thomas Humbach, had almost immediate results.
Cops were called to the Days Inn 48 times through early November of this year, compared with 94 times in 2016, according to Clarkstown Detective Lt. Glenn Dietrich.
“A 53 percent reduction is pretty good,” Dietrich said.
Officials are hoping for the same results following their September crackdown at the Nyack Motel Lodge on Route 303.
Officers responded 351 times between 2013 and 2017 to the West Nyack motel, which was the site of prostitution raids in 2015 and 2016, according to town police.
‘Brothel’ no more
Dietrich said the uptick in prostitution and related crimes logged by members of the Street Crime Unit and Narcotics Task Force led the district attorney to seek a more effective solution than simply making arrests.
Zugibe then asked the county attorney to research using the county’s Public Nuisance Law to bring down the hammer on businesses accused of allowing prostitution and drug dealing to take place on their premises.
Humbach first deployed the law to shutter a handful of Clarkstown massage parlors that had been the scene of prostitution raids. One “spa” had to fork over more than $800,000.
“Sometimes the criminal laws are not enough to…