The St. Cloud Police Department has seen an increase in calls regarding trespassing at businesses and in other private locations where the public has access. In order to improve our response and to focus our resources on the repeat violators we have modified our response to these types of calls. Here is a summary of our new response plan, as well as some tips to help you more effectively deal with people you want to leave your property.
The state statute is lengthy, but the sections listed below pertain directly to the issue of trespassers at your business or property:
(b) A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if the person intentionally:
(3) trespasses on the premises of another and, without claim of right, refuses to depart from the premises on demand of the lawful possessor;
(8) returns to the property of another within one year after being told to leave the property and not to return, if the actor is without claim of right to the property or consent of one with authority to consent;
Our goal is to provide enhanced police response to repeat trespass violators and to encourage businesses to ask unwanted people to leave without needing to wait for a police response.