February 28, 2024

IE COMMUNITY NEWS

El Chicano, Colton Courier, Rialto Record

San Bernardino County Code Enforcement Officers Recognized for Protecting Community Health and Property Values

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Photo by San Bernardino County

Code Enforcement officers, often the unsung guardians of public safety and community aesthetics, face a daunting task across the sprawling expanses of San Bernardino County.

Tasked with responding to violations that range from hazardous waste to unsightly debris, these officers play a critical role in maintaining the health and safety of neighborhoods.

Working within the county’s unincorporated territories — an area double the size of nine individual U.S. states — San Bernardino’s Code Enforcement teams address complaints that, if left unchecked, could lead to serious public health issues and depreciate property values.

Their duties extend to implementing the Fire Hazard Abatement program, ensuring the enforcement of fire safety regulations, and maintaining the scenic beauty of the community.

Despite their crucial work, Code Enforcement officers often meet with less than warm welcomes on property visits. San Bernardino County, however, takes a different approach, prioritizing cooperation over punitive measures. Officers engage directly with residents, aiding them in bringing their properties up to code and reserving penalties and legal action for only the most uncooperative cases.

In recognition of their efforts, the county recently celebrated National Code Enforcement Officer Appreciation Week by honoring its dedicated professionals with certificates.

As October serves as National Code Enforcement Month, county officials encourage residents to show appreciation for these vital workers with simple gestures of recognition, like a smile or a thumbs-up, acknowledging their contribution to keeping the community safe and well-maintained.

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