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Dec 12, 2016

No More Warnings! Curfew-Breaking Teens See Mother Charged for Second Time

Chester Williams

The curfew regulation put in place since April of this year has had mixed reviews among the population in the Old Capital, but police can claim some results in terms of bringing down crime and delinquency among juveniles. Police had started out with warnings to parents of minors who were brought in, and a few of those parents were even arrested. But with a desire to step up enforcement and make the point that parents are the best judges of their children’s safety, Police are now getting very serious. On Friday, two female teenage students aged fifteen and sixteen respectively, were found socializing on Glenn Street. Their mother, aged forty-eight, was arrested and charged a day later. According to regional commander for Eastern Division South, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, the parent was arrested for this charge before, and the circumstances in which this arrest took place underline why police need to crack down.

 

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“We have arrested a number of persons for this matter before, some of whom have been convicted, including the one who got arrested over the weekend – she had been arrested before. And we have also had instances where minors were found committing burglaries, during the wee hours of the morning, when they should have been at home, and again in those instances the parents were charged. And this is what we have to do to make parents understand that it is their duty, their responsibility to take care of their kids. Imagine, this child was found on Glenn Street at eleven-fifty p.m. I am not going to say where the mother was found, but the mother was found in the St. Martin’s area; she is from Pickstock, but she was found in the St. Martin’s area. I’m not going to say what she was doing; but these are the things that make you wonder why the children end up on the street; the parents are never at home to supervise them.”

 

ACP Williams said police interview all minors brought in under the curfew law in the presence of their parents and social workers from the Human Services Department, who also check for any underlying home problems before releasing them back to their parents. Police will be heavily enforcing the curfew regulations in the coming holiday season.

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