Prairie Village’s police chief is expressing concerns about a proposed ordinance set to come before the city council next week that would require people to wear face masks in public.
In a memo written May 11 and included in the agenda packet for Monday’s meeting of the governing body, Chief Tim Schwartzkopf says the ordinance would be “difficult to enforce consistently” and that it could “cause additional confusion or frustration for residents or visitors” because it would not be consistent with the guidelines in place in neighboring jurisdictions.
“…[Using] the police to enforce this type of health order, i.e. mandating the wearing of a mask, would be inappropriate in many citizens’ eyes,” he wrote. “If citizens perceive this ordinance as overreaching or heavy handed, I believe that it could tarnish our reputation because we will be the ones tasked with enforcement.”