Last year I was initially critical when a curfew was imposed on city youth. I thought it was going to be a total waste of time, as well as one more burden placed on an already understaffed and over burdened police depoartment. If Hartford Police officers couldn't handle their basic calls for service, how could they now take on the additional task of baby sitting minors walking the streets?
Well, in the end I think most would agree that if nothing else, the curfew was another tool to be used by police officers to identify and move potential problem youth off of the street corners before problems occurred. It also sent a message that HPD was being proactive and addressing the violence problem on a street by street basis,
As of now I have not heard any talk or the curfew beginning this year, Wouldn't it make sense to start a curfew enforcement now, set the ground rules for the game before the bodies of young men killed in another summer of violence start piling up?