In your agencies, how do you handle civil property disputes (i.e. bf/gf moving out, roommates, husband and wife seperating)? I really, really hate dealing with these because there is no clear cut way to handle it, and they are just STUPID complaints waiting to happen. We have to respond to them and are supposed to stand by to keep the peace. The problem is, we can't enforce who gets what and what stays or goes. We generally tell people that if the other party contests any of the property, like a tv, they have to go to court to settle it. Thing is, we can't actually stop anyone from taking the tv or couch. But, if we let them, the other person will complain. We don't make the determination as to who owns what. It just always ends up being a big mess. :doh:
The County's Civil Division can enforce property issues with standing court orders, but we don't get involved whatsoever. :sorry:
I think I'm just gonna start telling people that I'm not going to the residence with them, and if they have problems with the other party over the property, they have to take the issue to court.
I'm posting this here, instead of the LEO section, because I think some of the answers may be educational for the civies. And to also get the civies responses on what they think we should and should not be able to do.