The city’s new double-tiered curfew policy has gone into effect and Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke reminds parents that children age 15 and younger need to be off the streets by 10 p.m.
“Unless they are traveling directly home after a school function or after they have been bowling or at the HUB, they will be in violation of the ordinance,” said Burke.
The 10 p.m. deadline applies every night of the week.
“If your child is out after 10 and we determine he or she is not headed home we will have several options we can choose from,” he said. “The first offense will probably be a warning and we will escort the youngster home. The next time your son or daughter will be escorted home and we will issue a ticket.
“If it happens again and again, the parents can be ticketed for allowing the child to continue to be out after curfew.”
Burke noted law enforcement officers have been giving the kids a little leeway since the ordinance went into effect.
“The warning period is over,” he said. “We are going to start enforcing the ordinance.”
Burke also reported on police activity and arrests for the past two weeks.
Police took a report of theft Aug. 28 from 309 N. Olive. Another report of theft at 501 North Olive was taken Aug. 29. Both incidents are under investigation.
Police officers arrested a subject Aug. 30 on DUI charges, possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana, open container, driving while license revoked, and refusal to submit to a blood alcohol test.
Peabody police assisted with two military records checks on Sept. 2 and 3.
Also on Sept. 3, an individual was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Aa burglary/theft at 211 West 2nd Street on Sept. 1 was reported Sept. 3.