Bridgeport Police Chief Joe Gaudett told City Council members Monday night that police cannot enforce an 11 p.m. youth curfew unless the entire community — from residents to educators to social service agencies — is involved.
The city’s legislative body is considering a proposal to enforce a curfew following the shooting death of 14-year-old Justin Thompson in the East End. A public hearing will take place on Monday at 6 p.m. in City Hall to field community input. Actually, a curfew ordinance is already on the books, passed in 1994 after years of violent crime devastated neighborhoods. But, the chief noted, additional resources would be required to do the job.
He recommended in the short term a pilot program that would enable police to gather information for several weeks and report back to the council. Translation: don’t ask us for results unless you give us the tools to do the job.
For more on this check out the story by Keila Torres Ocasio here.
Is this curfew business proposed by council members legit or just for show?
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