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VPD hosts series of community forums

VPD hosts series of community forums
VPD hosts series of community forums
Posted at 6:11 PM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 14:51:19-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - The Valdosta Police Department is hosting a series of community forums for open debate about the proposal to amend the teen curfew.

Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress discussed his viewing Friday after Thursday night's community forum.

Thursday night, community members packed out the meeting chambers at city hall in Valdosta. Many came seeking clarity about the proposed amendment to the teen curfew.

If passed, the curfew would fine parents up to $1,000 as maximum punishment. Police Chief Brian Childress says that would be the last result.

"I think many folks were concerned with 'are we going to take a single mother who truly is trying to raise her child and put them in jail,'" said Childress. "That is not the intent of this ordinance."

Chief Childress presented a presentation to community members listing ways he would try to work with parents.

If a parent is found in violation of the ordinance, the parent and child would have to take a class. That course would cost $50. The second violation would be monetary. But Childress stands firm in says no one is going to jail.