"It's been a rough few weeks here in Atlantic City," Mayor Marty Small said Thursday at a Boardwalk news conference to announce the policy.The move comes amid a series of violent incidents involving juveniles in Atlantic City including the death of a Boardwalk merchant who died after an altercation with two juveniles in April.
Earlier this week, A 16-year-old boy was charged with gun and drug offenses after a fight with his 19-year-old brother. Inside their apartment, police found two handguns, hollow-point ammunition, more than five grams of cocaine, and nearly two pounds (900 grams) of marijuana.
James Sarkos, the office in charge of the city's police department, said those under 18 without a parent or guardian need to be off the streets before the siren sounds. Once it does, police officers are authorized to approach and question those who appear to be under the age of 18 to determine their status.