Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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ALBANY Albany Police officers are warning juveniles to keep an eye on the clock as they step up enforcement of the city's juvenile curfew ordinance as school gets ready to end for the summer.
Speaking to the Albany City Commission Tuesday, Chief John Proctor said police officials have met with court officials and those in charge at the local Regional Youth Detention Center ahead of the increased enforcement.
"As I'm sure you're all aware, property crimes tend to go up during the summer when kids are out of school," Proctor said. "We're trying to get the word out that the city has a curfew and that it will be enforced, as is written in the ordinance the first violation will be a warning and the second will result in a citation."
Under the existing city ordinance, anyone under the age of 18 must be home between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekends.
Those who work or who are experiencing an emergency are exempt from the ordinance.
It's part of a recent crackdown on juvenile crime within the city. Just two hours after Proctor spoke to the commission, his officers arrested four juvenile burglary suspects.
Proctor said the department has reached out to local gyms and churches hosting vacation bible schools to help get the message out about the curfews.