October 31, 2014

Crime Free Housing Coordinator

Pam Cota serves as the Crime Free Housing Coordinator. Cota served as a Police Dispatcher from 1980. She has held this newposition since 2008.

Pam conducts record checks for the Crime Free Housing Program.

The Crime Free Housing Coordinator is supervised by the Office Supervisor.

Crime Free Housing Information

Pam conducts background checks for landlords in West Fargo and also notifies those landlords when tenants or visitors commit certain offenses on the property including:

  • Noisy parties
  • Prostitution and indecent exposure
  • Assaults
  • Disorderly conduct or peace disturbances
  • Minor possessing or consuming alcohol or providing alcohol to minors
  • Public nuisances
  • Possession of controlled substances
  • Conduct which violates laws relating to the need for protection services or deliquency of a minor
  • Terrorist threats
  • Criminal damage to property, including burglary and robbery

Crime Free Housing benefits the whole community with results that include:

  • A stable, more satisfied tenant base
  • Increased demand for rental units because of reputation for active management
  • Lower maintenance and repair costs
  • Increased property values
  • Improved personal safety for tenants, landlords, and managers
  • Peace of mind from spending more time on routine management and less time on crisis control
  • Appreciative tenants and neighbors

Crime Free Housing has a program for landlords called West Fargo Police Landlord Training Program. This program emphasizes cooperation among property owners, landlords, tenants and law enforcement agencies to help neighborhoods fight illegal activity.

The Landlord Training Program is an 8 hour course which discusses how to keep illegal activity out of rental property. Information presented in the course includes:

  1. Warning signs of drug and gang activity
  2. The eviction process
  3. The role of the police
  4. Keeping property up to code
  5. Maintaining property to habitability standards
  6. Applicant screening techniques
  7. Rental agreements
  8. Fair housing issues
  9. On-going management techniques

There is no cost for this program. For a class schedule, call 433-5500.