Denver Public Safety Reminds the Public About the Denver SafeNite Program and Curfew Ordinance - Active Enforcement Begins Saturday
From April 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017, Safety Youth Programs diversion officers and Denver Police officers team-up to run the Denver SafeNite Program. The program offers court diversion opportunities for youth 17 years of age and younger while police actively enforce Denver’s Curfew Ordinance.
“Programs that promote safety and reduce the number of youth that enter the legal system are vital to the strength of our communities,” said Executive Director of Safety Stephanie Y. O’Malley. “Diversion options increase collaboration between parents and government and can lead to lesser consequences that still provide corrective behavior, when needed.”
Denver’s Curfew Ordinance prohibits youth from being in a public place or on public property from 11:00 PM – 5:00 AM, Sunday through Thursday, and 12:00 AM – 5:00 AM Friday and Saturday unless:
Although the curfew is enforced year-round, youth that break curfew during the active enforcement period of April through September are transported to the Denver Juvenile Services Center at 303 W. Colfax Ave. 1st Floor, Denver, CO 80204. Their parents are contacted and a citation is issued.
“While it is our duty to enforce the City’s curfew ordinance, we also care about the safety of the City’s youth,” said Chief of Police Robert White. “We want to send a clear message about Denver’s reasonable curfew expectations and help kids avoid a citation for being on the streets when they really shouldn’t be.”
Youth cited for a first-time municipal ordinance violation are given the option of participating in a diversion program as an alternative to entering the court system. If the option is accepted by the youth and his/her parent(s), a customized diversion plan is developed based on an individual assessment. Once the plan is successfully completed, the case is dismissed without a court appearance.
The Denver SafeNite Program was implemented in 1994 and is a joint effort between the Denver Police Department and Denver Public Safety Youth Programs.
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