In light of recent violent crimes the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says it just doesn't have the man power to enforce a teen curfew. Sheriff Jerry Modena says he believes a curfew won't put a complete end to crime in Bibb County.
According to Sheriff Jerry Modena, his department is understaffed by about 20 deputies.
Modena says he is also concerned with potential overcrowding at the law enforcement center if deputies pick up more teenagers.
"Consequently, you service one way then you have a problem the other way, because using those deputies to watch over these people takes them of the road and brings them in here in kind of a babysitting way," says Modena.
Bibb County residents say the understaffed department is not an excuse to patrol less.
Debra Moses says, "They need to hire some more, and that would solve a lot of crime in the area with all the shootings going on with the gangs."
Sheriff Modena says stopping the violence can't solely rest on his office.
"The curfew is not an all answer to the problem. We don't want to go the other way and come so hard and make criminals out of the young," says Modena.
Modena says it's a fine line from targeting the youth and protecting them. However, community members say it's clear something needs to be done.
"I think it should be a top priority for law enforcement to you know do what they have to do to clean up the streets," says Billie McElroy.