Sit-lie in effect, but will police enforce it?

The City’s voter-approved sit-lie law goes into effect today, but police say they’re not going to sweep the sidewalks of vagrants quite yet.

The department answers a list of frequently asked questions on its website. It includes a list of exceptions to the law, such as someone sitting on the sidewalk waiting for a parade or a cafe patron sipping a cappuccino at a sidewalk table.

But for those targeted by the law, the Police Department says it will hold off on enforcement as it collects public feedback on how the department should train its officers.

“The Police Department recognizes the importance of educating people — members of the public and officers — about this new law. The Department is developing policies and procedures for enforcement of this ordinance, and a training program for officers. An initial period of public awareness and education is planned, as well. Therefore, the Department will not initiate enforcement action under Section 168 until we have had opportunity to inform the public about the law, and our officers are trained on the related policies and procedures.”

Police say they will begin enforcement on sit-lie on Feb. 1.

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