City cracks down on curfew violators

Officers met with parents and their teens after they were picked up.
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Indianapolis - Indianapolis Metro Police detained dozens of kids late Thursday night and early Friday morning in an effort to enforce the county's curfew law.

Now that the school year is over, police are randomly conducting curfew sweeps throughout the summer in an effort to keep kids safe and to crack down on crime.

A lot of phone calls woke up parents and guardians to come get their kids at the Washington Park Community Center near 30th and Keystone. Teenagers and kids out in public past 11:00 p.m. were rounded up, put in handcuffs, issued tickets and taken to the processing center.

Police picked up a total of 27 boys and nine girls in Thursday night's curfew sweep. They ranged in age from 13 to 17 years old, with 23 ages 14 or 15. Some 29 were released to a parent, while six were sent to "RSR" for violation of suspended commitment or formal home detention. One teen was sent to the Guardian's Home.

In Marion County, kids younger than 15 must be home by 11:00 p.m. Kids ages 15 to 17 have to be home by 11:00 p.m. on weekdays and 1:00 a.m. on the weekend.

Most kids were only at the community center for a short time as parents arrived quickly to pick them up.

"The parents and the kids so far seem to be taking it very seriously," said Juvenile Probation Officer Deputy Chief Chris Ball. "We are giving the parents a lot of information about the program that they are going to be participating in and the kids are going to be participating in. They seem to be taking it very seriously."

Juveniles can either go through the Educating Kids about Gun violence program or pay a $150 fine. Parents who allow children under 18 to commit a curfew violation may also be issued a summons to appear in Environmental Court.

The curfew law does not apply when children are involved in church or school activities, accompanied by a parent, or guardian or when they are going to and from lawful employment.