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Ask A Cop: Can my neighbor park their RV and trailer in front of their house?

May 28, 2019

This week, the Star-Herald introduces a new feature, “Ask A Cop.” This new feature will be a column, written by Scottsbluff Police Corporal Krisa Brass. The Star-Herald and Scottsbluff Police Department envision this as a space where you can ask those questions you have about law enforcement, city ordinances or other topics.

This week, Corp. Krisa Brass uses the space to introduce herself and answer a common question asked to law enforcement each summer: I am a Colorado native but my family moved to the Panhandle when I was young. After graduating from Gering High School, I wanted to pursue a career within the criminal justice field. I ended up attending Western Nebraska Community College and then moving back to Colorado to attend the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Life happened, college was put on hold, and it brought me back to the Panhandle.

From a young age, I was interested in law enforcement, in large part due to my personal experiences. Law enforcement officers always provided a safe space for me in times of crisis and I wanted to be able to provide that for another person. I did an internship with the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 and knew law enforcement was the place for me. From there I became a reserve deputy and maintained that role until 2012 when I obtained my certification through the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center (NLETC). While pursuing a career in law enforcement, I put college on hold. Several years ago I made the decision to go back to school and finish my degree. I finally accomplished this goal in 2017.

In 2013, I was hired by the City of Scottsbluff as a patrol officer. Since then I have had the opportunity to be a field training officer and a patrol corporal. I’m happy to be back in Nebraska and serving the community I grew up in.

Question: My neighbor has hauled out his RV for the summer months and it’s sitting in front of his house. Are RVs and trailers allowed to be on city streets? Are there areas of the city where ordinances don’t apply?

Answer: This is a great question and something officers deal with often, particularly in the summer months. Within the city limits of Scottsbluff, unattached trailers are prohibited on the streets. So long as the trailer is properly licensed and attached to a vehicle, it’s OK to park it on the street. There are a few exceptions to this rule.

According to ordinance 20-6-15, construction trailers can be temporarily parked in the street so long as the owner has obtained a permit from Development Services.

The other exception pertains to Terrytown. While the Scottsbluff Police Department has jurisdiction over Terrytown, not all of the ordinances are the same.

In regards to unattached trailers within Terrytown, parking is permitted so long as they are properly licensed and not illegally parked.

To submit a question to Corp. Brass, send your question to youasked@starherald.com. You can also submit your question at 308-632-9057.

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