EAST PALO ALTO (KCBS) – The streets of East Palo Alto were a little quieter Thursday night; police officers were enforcing a long-standing curfew that prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from being in a public space between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. It’s been on the books since 1995, but hasn’t been strictly enforced because of limited police resources.
Thursday night’s curfew enforcement comes on the heels of an emergency crime declaration by Police Chief Ron Davis earlier this month, in response to a surge in gang violence.
“It’s a shame that we have to go to this extent to address it. There’s a lot of good people here who shouldn’t have to live in fear,” said East Palo Alto Police Department Sgt. David Carson.
The declaration allows Davis to cancel off-days for his offices, thereby boosting patrols on the streets.