EDITORIAL: Curfew enforcement

The Tupelo Police Department’s focus on Operation Safe Summer is a responsible and fair-minded way to ensure the personal safety of children and adolescents out of school for summer break and reduce incidents of criminality – and other kinds of trouble – for kids in the city.
Curfews may seem old-fashioned and restrictive, but fairly enforced they can help eliminate temptations before they present themselves.
Many policemen repeat the wisdom of experience in saying, “Nothing good happens after midnight and before dawn.”
That’s true more times than not, and for children and adolescents an 11 p.m. curfew Sunday and weeknights, and midnight on weekends, are both generous.
The program needs and deserves full parental and supervising adult support – in every neighborhood and for every child.
Operation Safe Summer was devised by the Tupelo Police Department also to make summer festivals and regular school vacation activities safer. Foot and bike patrols will put officers closer to the people who need protection – and discouragement from mischief.
Police Chief Harold Chaffiin said in an interview with Journal reporter Danza Johnson, “Anytime the economy is doing bad, property crimes tend to go up. 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.”
Parents usually are called when a child breaks curfew, a reasonable response when no criminal violation beyond breaking curfew is involved.
Parents called late at night tend to be thorough disciplinarians.

NEMS Daily Journal

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