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Jun 19, 2019

Deputy Commissioner Broaster Speaks on Vendors’ Curfew

Edward Broaster

Earlier this week, we reported about the late night food vendors who are being shut down at midnight on the south side and by two a.m. on the north side. The vendors told us that they have vendor’s permits which do not stipulate time and they believe that their livelihoods are being threatened with this vending curfew that they are being placed on. The move, we were told, is a decision by the Commissioner of Police to try and curb crime. The vendors who operate near the Swing Bridge and along the entertainment strip claim that they make most of their revenue after midnight, but this new policy will affect their bottom line. Today, when we caught up with Deputy Commissioner Edward Broaster, we asked him about the decision and how it would work. Here’s what he had to say:


Edward Broaster, Deputy Commissioner (Operations)

“We are looking at shutting down the city at two a.m. I know that people will be going home and so forth. I have heard the complaints that some patrons are complaining that they can’t get food when they leave the establishment but if you know that the vendors will be locking up shop two a.m, you need to get your rice and beans before two a.m.”


Andrea Polanco

“What’s really the end goal of instating this rule or this law?”


Edward Broaster

“Well, the thing is, a man without a gun cannot shoot. A man with gun will shoot. If we have less people on the streets, that is less target for crime or people to become victims of crime whether it be robbery or assault or fatal shooting of that or the sort. So, he who controls the street controls the crime.”


Andrea Polanco

“Is it that the police cannot control these criminals?”


Edward Broaster

“There is order for everything. If you have a time limit to vend food or what have you – there must be a time limit. We must have order in our society. We have been getting a lot of complaints from different sectors about the closing of shops and vendors and what have you. But majority of the law abiding citizens understand what we are trying to do. We don’t have enough officers to man every street corner. If you would take a drive around from Wednesday night, some vendors do it every night and you will see vendors almost at every corner of the city selling food, so that is just another form of social control to prevent crime from occurring in our society.”


During that interview, Broaster told us that the Commissioner has met with some of the vendors to dialogue and there were some progress made about the time curfew.

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