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Hello. Thanks for contacting us. I am sorry to hear that you have been brushed off by the local authorities.
The problem with dereliction of duty, as a cause of action, is that outside of the military, it is not a crime. It could be grounds for workplace discipline, but police departments are given wide leeway to decide how to deploy their limited resources. Unless ordered to do so by the political leaders elected to office to supervise (for instance, a mayor, or a county executive or the governor or attorney general
), then the police commanders themselves have discretion when to crackdown on a particular unlawful act.
However, there is a legal remedy. It requires going to court to seek a "Writ of Mandamus
." This is just lawyer's Latin for a court order that compels a government agency to do something that it is supposed to do, but is not doing.
You can read the PA law on this at this link:http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/231/chapter1000/subchapFtoc.html
There's an informative section in the Pennsylvania Legislature's lawmaker handbook that deals with Actions in Mandamus, that you can read at this link: http://www.lgc.state.pa.us/deskbook06/Issues_Governance_10_Discretionary_Ministerial_Acts.pdf
As you'll see in this item, the key to winning a Writ from the court to force enforcement of a law is to overcome any argument that the police or local authorities are not using their legal discretion to decide how to prioritize or deploy limited resources. Winning requires showing that the public official has no discretion and must take the action one seeks.
It does happen that when someone files, public officials take notice and may actually do something simply to make the distraction of a court case go away. But this is not always true.
If the issue turns out to be in the public officials' discretion, then the best solution may be political. Citizens, particularly with local governments, can have a lot of power to force changes in the way laws are enforced. This can be done by organizing others who want the same level of enforcement, or even running for office (or finding someone who is willing to run for office and, if victorious, can change the choices made by local enforcement officials).
Please let me know if anything requires clarification.
I wish you every success in your efforts.