Why is it Important?
The Temple Police Department supports the City of Temple’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 under-age, would-be offenders, as it prevents them from being able to move around easily in late-night hours. And finally, 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
Here is a very general outline of the city's Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, and the standard means by which it is enforced:
- Sunday through Thursday nights: unaccompanied juveniles age 16 and under must be home by 11:00 pm, and until 6:00 am (unless traveling to or from, or attending, a school, church, or job-related function).
- Friday and Saturday nights: same rules, but time is extended to midnight (to 6:00 am).
How the Ordinance is Enforced
When caught by police, a juvenile receives a Field Release Citation and is returned to a parent or legal guardian. The first two offenses are of a warning nature with no fine levied. The third and subsequent offenses prior to the youth's 17th birthday carry fines.
Parents / guardians, as well as business owners, who knowingly allow juveniles to violate curfew can be cited for allowing juvenile curfew violations to occur. There are no warning citations for those offenses.
The entire City Ordinance, and all of its specific rules and definitions, can be found here