I am writing this letter in response to your “Our Views” editorial in the April 30, 2014, Glasgow Daily Times.
The City Council recently amended the City’s Fireworks Ordinance in response to citizen complaints about the misuse of fireworks. As the City of Glasgow Chief of Police, I recommended and supported the changes the City Council made.
We want everyone to enjoy their holidays, be safe, and still conduct themselves in a respectful way toward others. This ordinance is intended to do just that by setting times and dates that fireworks can be used. It also gives the GPD a means of enforcement by adding the civil penalties. In the past there was little that could be done if a citizen called the police department with a noise complaint in regards to fireworks use.
Since this is the first year the new fireworks ordinance is in effect, this will be a learning curve for all of us. I can assure you that the GPD intends to diligently enforce the changes, contrary to your suggestion that we will not. We will take action when necessary no matter what the violation of ordinance or law. Obviously we will not observe everyone who uses fireworks outside the set dates and times but as with any Glasgow citizen complaint about a violation of any ordinance or law, we will answer the call and take the appropriate actions.
Guy J. Turcotte
Chief of Police
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