“We’ve got a lot of things to do, including taking guns away from gang members, stopping narcotic trafficking, and saving children from internet predators,” Mims said during a video briefing Thursday afternoon.
“We’re not gonna make criminals of normally law-abiding citizens.”
The department will not set up any checkpoints or pull over people to verify their reason for being out past curfew, Mims added.
Other law enforcement agencies plan to take a similarly hands-off approach to the curfew.
Merced County sheriff’s deputies, Madera police, Visalia police and Kings County deputies all plan to continue business as usual rather than refocus on the curfew.