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Central Falls Police are amping up curfew enforcement

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By: Samantha Lavien
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As the weather continues to heat up, Central Falls police want to remind residents that a curfew is in effect. The city's police chief says this year police are intensifying their enforcement efforts.

"What it really comes down to is trying to keep the kids safe nothing more," said Col. James Mendonca the Police Chief in Central Falls.

Anyone under the age of 18 isn't allowed on the streets without an adult from 9pm to 5 am.

"It's kind of good in a way but then in a way. It's not because you want to still have fun and chill with your friends. But, it's kind of good because that way less drama is happening and people won't get stabbed,” said teen Juanita Uvri.

"I don't think it's good because we be trying to have fun out here, they are telling us what time to be in that's not cool you know,” said teen Jayvlen Monteiro.

This year funding is allowing police to step up their enforcement of the curfew that was first implemented in 2008.

The city's police chief didn't have any numbers to show the improvements over the past six years but, he tells ABC 6 News the curfew is working.

"We see that because there's less juveniles on the street there are less instances in the city," said Chief Mendonca.

There were two stabbings last weekend in Central Falls, one of which involved a teenager. Police say the extra enforcement of the curfew was planned well before that happened.

"You know I kind of agree with it because I don't want to be walking my son and something happen you know,” said father Derek Davis.

The first time someone is stopped by police for breaking the curfew they will receive a warning and a parent or guardian will be notified.

The second offense will be a $100 fine and the third offense a $200 fine.

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