Dartmouth Police: We’re not ‘clowning’ around

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — With the recent series of clown-related incidents both locally and around the country, one local police department issued a warning Tuesday to those thinking about putting on a creepy mask.

The Dartmouth Police Department released a public service announcement saying they’re taking the reports very seriously and reminding people of the harm these incidents can cause, especially to children.

Though much of the video was silly in nature, the message from police was very clear: Think before you act. As noted by Dartmouth Public Information Officer Kyle Costa, disturbing the peace, trespassing, and enticement of a child are all arrestable offenses under Massachusetts law.

“Remember that if you want to act like a clown, we have no problem treating you like one,” Det. Costa said in closing.

Watch the PSA below or visit the DartmouthCommunityTV YouTube page.

In the past week, two men were arrested and charged in Fall River after police said they received reports of “two clowns in a black car waving hatchets out the window” while in Rehoboth, a 17-year-old was arrested, accused of making clown-related threats on social media.