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Juvenile Curfew

Purpose

The Josephine Police Department supports the City of Josephine’s Juvenile Curfew Ordinance for many reasons.

First and foremost, it serves to keep the juveniles themselves protected from entering into late-night situations that may prove dangerous to them.

Second, it is a highly effective deterrent to underage, would be offenders, as it prevents them from being able to move around easily in late night hours.

Third, when a juvenile is caught after curfew, it provides the Police Officer a means by which to identify the problem, report it to a parent or guardian, and return the youth home to a safer environment.

Summary of the Ordinance

Below is a very general outline of the city’s Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, and the standard means by which it is enforced:

Daily: unaccompanied juveniles age 16 and under must be home by 11 p.m., and until 5 a.m. (unless traveling to or from or attending a school, church, or job-related function)

The Child Safety Ordinance and all of its specific rules and definitions are also available here: Child Safety Ordinance

Ordinance Enforcement

When a juvenile is found to be in violation of the ordinance, police officers are instructed to explore every option to return the juvenile to a parent instead of enforcement action when no other offense has been committed. Multiple violations, however, may result in enforcement action regardless of the existence of another offense.

Citations for Adults

Parents and guardians, as well as business owners, who knowingly allow juveniles to violate curfew can be cited for allowing juvenile curfew violations to occur.