Deputies Launch Curfew Operation
Those under 18 years old have restrictions.
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's COBRA Team, which handles gang and juvenile crime issues, conducted a two day curfew enforcement operation this past weekend. The purpose of the operation was to send a "safety first" message to youth in the community. Through the operation, deputies also hope to help raise parental awareness regarding the potential dangers associated with allowing unsupervised teenagers to be out in the community during late night hours.
In the City of Santa Clarita, the curfew ordinance applies to those 17 years old and younger and makes it unlawful for any minor to remain upon any public street, public building, place of amusement or eating place, vacant lot, or unsupervised place between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Certain provisions of this ordinance require parents to know the whereabouts of their minor children during these late hours. The minor must be accompanied by his or her parent or legal guardian unless they are handling a specific errand at the direction of the parent or legal guardian, without any detour or stop.
An exception to this requirement is if the minor is engaged in an employment activity, or going to or returning home from an employment activity, without any detour or stop. Other conditions, other than emergency type situations, would allow a minor to remain away from home after hours if they are attending an official school, religious, or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by the City of Santa Clarita, a civic organization, or another similar entity that takes responsibility for the minor.
Additional information pertaining to the curfew law in the Santa Clarita Valley can be found at the following link: Captain's Letter - Curfew.
During the operation deputies issued 10 citations for Curfew violations, one citation for Marijuana Possession and one citation for Minor in Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage.
The operation was paid for by funding obtained by the City of Santa Clarita through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant offered by the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Additional operations are planned for the coming summer months to help keep our youth and our community safe! The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station urges all parents to stay involved and talk with teenagers about the importance of personal safety and making good choices.