Selma Police Department prepared for city’s quarantine curfew

Published 2:23 pm Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Selma Police Department is prepared to enforce the city’s quarantine curfew and restrictions on gatherings over 10 people.

Last weekend, Selma Mayor Darrio Melton signed a proclamation that Queen city residents must be at their residence between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. effective until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Attorney General Steve Marshall, anyone violating curfew is a misdemeanor offense with fines between $25 and $500.

Selma Police Chief Kenta Fulford said the department has a plan if things get out of hand.

“We will give them verbal warnings first, then we will move on from there,” Fulford said.

Fulford said the SPD hasn’t received any problems from city residents during the first two days.

Dallas County Sheriff Mike Granthum said the curfew only applies to Selma residents, but added the DCSO is prepared to help if needed.

“We’ll work and support the city anyway we can,” Granthum said.