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Councilwoman Shanklin, Newburg Ministers and Metro Police to use curfew to curb violence and protect young people

Thursday August 24, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:

Louisville – In an effort to curb violence in the Newburg and Norfolk communities, Metro Police begin enforcing the city’s curfew law.

“We want to ensure the safety of all children under the age of 18,” said Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D) 2. “We have a reoccurrence of violence in Newburg and this is one attempt to get it under control.”

Shanklin made the announcement during a news conference with several ministers in a newly formed resource network to help residents.

"We have some information we will be handing out to all parents and guardians of kids under 18,” she said. “We want them to familiarize themselves with the law and understand that Metro Police officers will be re-enforcing it beginning immediately.”

A teen curfew law was passed in 1997 by the old Louisville Board of Aldermen. At the time, it was in response to a growing problem with crime.

The law applies to any person under the age of 18 from being out on a public street in Jefferson.

            Here are the curfew hours:

            1:00am to 6:00am Saturday

            1:00am to 6:00am Sunday

            11:00pm to 6:00am Sunday through Friday.

There are exceptions. Those include children who are with their parents or a guardian, working or attending church or a school event with a parents permission.

In an effort to help parents and kids understand the city law, a flier with information about the curfew will be distributed in the Newburg area.

“Metro Police will be taking this flier door to door in Newburg and Norfolk,” said Shanklin. “We are also relying on our ministers to spread the word through their congregations.”

Shanklin stressed that while a curfew may be a problem for some it is necessary considering the recent incidents of violence.

“I want our kids to be safe, and I will use what ever I can to see that happen,” she said.

Sponsor:
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2