YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown police are on the lookout for children out past curfew as of 11:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Members from juvenile courts and the Community Initiative for Reducing Violence are helping YPD do the curfew sweep. They are looking for children 17 years old or younger.
A Youngstown city ordinance states children cannot be out on the streets past 11:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the next day.
As of 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, four kids were found walking on South Avenue.
An adult was also arrested on Boston Avenue for gun and drug charges.
The idea is to reduce violence in the city by enforcing the curfew ordinance.
“We want parents to know that they are responsible for the young people and to know where they are. It’s very important because there are many things that can happen. We want these young people to be safe,” said Guy Burney of the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence.
Both the parent and the child will be cited.
“It’s a minor misdemeanor on first offense. If they have a prior conviction within one year, it actually jumps to a misdemeanor one arrestable offense. A misdemeanor one could be up to a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail,” said Captain Kevin Mercer of the Youngstown Police Department.
The consequences also go for parents who know their children are out past curfew.