North Chicago enforces curfew to reduce violence

Staff report

North Chicago Police Department said it will strongly enforce its curfew regulations during the summer months on youths who are under 18 to reduce juvenile crime and violence, effective immediately.

Police Chief Richard Wilson he has formed a task force to target curfew violations with increased patrols.

“Preventative patrols, community involvement and active problem solving will be used to combat the issue,” he said.

North Chicago has on its books an ordinance that a person less than 18 years of age shall not be present at or upon any public assembly building, place, street or highway within the city between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 12:01 a.m. and 6 a.m., Friday and Saturday.

Mayor Leon Rockingham, in announcing the curfew enforcement, stressed that safety is a major concern of the city of 32,574 people.

“Studies have shown that effectively enforcing curfews reduces juvenile crimes and violence,” he said, adding, “Ensuring the safety of our residents, particularly the youth, is a priority of the city.”

Chief Wilson said, “By taking a proactive approach, we can utilize the police force in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.”

Both he and the mayor also urged cooperation from the community in making this summer a safe one.

The city, they say, is asking for community participation and hopes that all adults concerned with the safety of children join in the effort by enforcing curfews at the family level.


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