VPD Community Forum to discuss Proposed Curfew Ordinance

Thursday, September 28, 2017 All Day
Valdosta City Hall, 2nd Floor Council Chambers

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.