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STATEMENT – COUNCIL CHAIR CALVIN S. HAWKINS, II EXPRESSES COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR COUNTY’S JUVENILE CURFEW EXTENSION
There is nothing more important to us as elected officials than ensuring public safety. The Council agrees with County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, that we must use every possible tool to provide the protection the citizens of Prince George’s County want and deserve. To this end, the Council fully supports the County Executive’s decisive actions and her extension of the 30-day juvenile curfew through the holidays, as a necessary measure to keep our children and communities safe. While it will be important to study the result more fully at the end of the year, statistics support establishment of the curfew and the current decline in the recent tide of violence in our communities indicates the plan is working. This period offers an important opportunity for us all – parents and guardians; community, business, nonprofit and faith-based leaders; government and law enforcement – to recommit to work together to help all our youth become productive citizens in their communities.