VPD Community Forum to discuss Proposed Curfew Ordinance

Police
Thursday, October 12, 2017
7:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
8:00 PM
Morningside Baptist Church

The Valdosta Police Department will host three community forums to hear feedback and concerns from the community on a proposed new Curfew and Parental Responsibility Ordinance. The forums will take place at the following dates and locations:

  • September 28 at 7 p.m., at Valdosta City Hall - second floor Council Chambers
  • October 4 at 7 p.m., at the Mildred Hunter Center
  • October 12 at 7:00 p.m., at Morningside Baptist Church 

The department has proposed a new city ordinance to Valdosta Mayor and Council whereas juveniles from the age of 7 to 16 are prohibited from roaming the streets from midnight to 5 a.m. unless they have a legitimate excuse to include being accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. The ordinance would also hold parents/legal guardians responsible for failing to properly supervise their juveniles who do not have a legitimate reason to be out during said time. A more detailed discussion of the ordinance will be provided at each community forum.

The goal of the new ordinance is to:

  • Prevent juveniles from being charged with a serious crime;
  • Prevent serious injury to juveniles;
  • Help parents who may require assistance with supervision of their juvenile; and
  • Reduce crime in the city at night.

The department welcomes all who support or may have concerns about the new proposed ordinance.