New juvenile curfew for 2014
10/4/2013, 6 a.m.
Effective March 2014, kids under 17 years of age will have to be home between midnight and 5 a.m.
Under a new Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, approved Sept. 24 by the DeKalb Board of Commissioners, only young people who are working, returning home from a school or religious event and/or are accompanied by a parent or guardian will be exempt.
District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson, in conjunction with Police Chief Cedric Alexander, proposed the ordinance as a means to prevent juvenile crime, reduce juvenile victimization, promote parental supervision and provide for the well-being of the general public.
Johnson said the county had been using several state statutes to address the issue of juveniles loitering.
“This gives the Police Department the ability to enforce the codes without having to refer to several different sections of the state statutes,” he said.
The ordinance will allow for public education as well as internal procedural controls to be reinforced within the Police Department. Johnson said the ordinance is not intended to make criminals of our youth.
“The purpose is to aid our officers in addressing juvenile loitering and safeguard our youth so that they do not become victims of crime,” he said.