TUPELO – Preventing property crimes and making sure teenagers comply with curfew will be the main focuses of Operation Safe Summer, according to Police Chief Harold Chaffin.
Operation Safe Summer is a program put together by the Tupelo Police Department to deter crime during the busy summer months. Because of summer festivals and vacation from school, Chaffin said safety efforts are elevated.
Property crimes like burglaries have been going up the past couple of months and Chaffin expects it to continue this summer.
“Anytime the economy is doing bad, property crimes tend to go up,” he said. “So we have to try to offset that and we’re planning on doing it with Operation Safe Summer. We’re going to beef up patrols in all areas to make sure we are visible.”
Chaffin said the bike and foot patrol units will play a major role in this summer’s operations.
While property crimes will be an issue, Capt. Allan Gilbert said every summer curfew enforcement always keeps officers busy.
“We’re going to be out really enforcing the curfew this summer,” said Gilbert. “The curfew is for the safety of the kids. We don’t want to see kids walking the streets at 1 and 2 in the morning. So our guys will be out making sure that the curfew is strictly enforced.”
Gilbert said parents usually are called when a child breaks curfew. The curfew is 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday for children under the age of 18.
“We want people to come in and enjoy the festivals and ball games and shopping in Tupelo,” said Chaffin. “We also want the kids to enjoy their summer vacation. But we want everyone to do it safely and that’s what Operation Safe Summer is about.”
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