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Helena City Police to resume Abandoned Vehicle Ordinance Monday

Requests before May 11th need to be refiled.
Posted at 4:17 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 20:43:36-04

When COVID-19 restrictions began Helena City Police pressed pause on enforcing some ordinances. Now, they are ready to resume.

One issue they will resume tackling Monday, May 11th is abandoned vehicle enforcement.

“We will start taking those initial complaints of abandoned vehicles on neighbors, streets, and alleyways, on public property starting on May 11th, but we won’t take them up until that point,” says Sgt. Berkley Conrad with the Helena Police Department.

Helena P.D. encourages everyone to use MyHelena to make abandoned vehicles or similar service requests. MyHelena is an app and can also be found on their webpage and it allows you to view any comment or notes by the police officer taking your request.

Sgt. Berkley Conrad says any vehicles that were in process when restrictions began, the process was stopped and the report closed.

So, if you had problems with abandoned vehicles that have not been resolved, Helena P.D. encourages you to file a new report.

Sgt. Conrad says prior to closures and stay-at-home orders police handled about 60 requests a month and towed about three vehicles a week. They expect those numbers to tick up when they resume enforcement.

“We would like people to be patient. We’re gonna have a lot of abandoned vehicles, we think. We’re going to be checking them as we receive them,” says Sgt. Conrad.

Helena Police Department will also resume in-person service of the Records Section window in the Law and Justice Center May 11th. This includes requests for police reports, crash reports, sexual/violent offender registry, walk-up requests to file reports with either the police department or the Sheriff’s Office and other Support Services requests.