PurposeThe Temple Police Department supports the City of Temple’s Juvenile Curfew Ordinance for many reasons.
- First and foremost, it serves to keep the juveniles themselves protected from entering into late-night situations that may prove dangerous to them.
- Second, it is a highly effective deterrent to underage, would be offenders, as it prevents them from being able to move around easily in late night hours.
- Third, when a juvenile is caught after curfew, it provides the Police Officer a means by which to identify the problem, report it to a parent or guardian, and return the youth home to a safer environment.
Summary of the OrdinanceHere is a very general outline of the city's Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, and the standard means by which it is enforced:
- Sunday through Thursday nights: unaccompanied juveniles age 16 and under must be home by 11 p.m., and until 6 a.m. (unless traveling to or from or attending a school, church, or job-related function)
- Friday and Saturday nights: same rules, but time is extended to midnight (to 6 a.m.)
The City Code of Ordinances and all of its specific rules and definitions is also available.