A pair of proposed ordinances could make life a little easier for some local businesses and the Chesterfield County Police Department.
At next week’s meeting, the Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings on a pair of proposed ordinance amendments that would allow pawnbrokers, licensed salvage dealers, demolishers, rebuilders or vehicle removal operators to make electronic reports to the police department.
On Monday, Assistant County Attorney Michael P. Kozak said the General Assembly passed legislation during its last session enabling localities to adopt the reporting requirements for salvage dealers, pawnbrokers and others.
“The police department feels that these reporting requirements will be helpful to them in their law enforcement activities,” Kozak said. “It’s not meant to be a burden” on business owners, he said.
Jack Ritchie, administrative support bureau commander with the Chesterfield County Police Department, said pawnbrokers were already required to provide police with written documentation for items sold or pledged to them. Typically, pawnshops deliver pawn slips that police personnel review and key into a system to look for stolen property, he said.
The legislation passed by the General Assembly allows localities to ask for the information in electronic format, Ritchie said. Now, pawnshop owners can key information into an electronic system and submit it daily to the police department, he said.
“It’s pretty straightforward, pretty easy and we think it’s going to be good for businesses, as well,” he said. A local pawnshop has voluntarily reported the information electronically since May, he said, and it’s actually easier than reporting the information the old way. He noted that pawnbrokers in Richmond are already using the electronic system.
The proposed ordinance won’t require pawnbrokers to report any additional information, he said.
“It’s just making it more readily available to us and easier for them,” Ritchie said.
Licensed salvage dealers, demolishers, rebuilders or vehicle removal operators were also already required to report the information in question to the state, he said, and they, too, will now be able to submit reports electronically.
“It’s a win-win,” he said. “They do something that’s easier for them, and it’s easier for us, as well.”
The ordinances include a Nov. 1 deadline for compliance, he said.
“We were just trying to do it so no one felt we were going to come in and demand they do something they weren’t ready to do,” Ritchie said.
Public hearings on the proposed ordinances will take place at the Board of Supervisors meeting at 6:30 p.m. on July 28.