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Police ask for prompt reporting of crimes

The length of time between the crime and the report to the police department in some cases has hampered efforts by police investigators to solve the crimes in a timely fashion.  

“After we ran the article in last week’s paper, we found out about two more auto burglaries that occurred in the area along Gallatin Street west of the Courthouse,” Hazlehurst Police Chief Byron Swilley said.  

The chief asked that residents and business owners report any crimes to the department right after they occur.  

“We need to know about any and all crimes so that we can investigate efficiently and effectively with the goal being to prosecute the subjects who are committing the crimes,” Swilley added.


The police department will continue to enforce the curfew that has been in place for several months that affects those 18 and under.  

Curfew times are 7 p.m. Sunday  through Thursday and 10 pm on Friday and Saturday.  The procedure is to first contact the violators and then to advise parents.  

“We are going to hold both the kids and the parents responsible, just like always,” Swilley said.

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