Proposed Ashland ordinance will require people to identify themselves if asked

An Ashland proposed ordinance will require people to identify themselves if asked by a police officer giving a name and date of birth if passed by Ashland City Council (Marissa Olid/News 10).

The City of Ashland Police Department has proposed an ordinance that would require an individual to identify themselves if caught breaking the law.

All that is asked of an individual is to simply provide a name and date of birth to the police officer and they will take it from there.

"This isn't new we are just trying to make people accountable for their actions," said Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara.

If an officer sees someone in violation of municipal code they could be asked by a police officer to identify themselves.

"What we're trying to do is make sure police officers have the tools they need to make sure people are following the rules," said O'Meara.

O'Meara mentions this proposed ordinance isn't something new and was covered about a year ago under state statue called "interfering with a peace officer" and just hopes to get them back to where they were before.

If adopted and enacted, this ordinance would be considered a class C misdemeanor for anyone who knowingly provides false information. The proposed ordinance will go up to Ashland City Council on Tuesday, May 21st. If the ordinance passes on Tuesday, the second reading will take place. If approved and passed at the second reading, the ordinance will go into effect 30 days later.

O'Meara has also requested if anyone would like clarification on what this ordinance means they could contact him and he would happy to inform the public.

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