Trenton police and officers from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up this summer to enforce the capital city’s juvenile curfew ordinance.
Under the law juveniles are prohibited from all public places between the hours of 11:59 p.m. and 6 a.m. from July 1st through August 31st. From Sept. 1 to June 30 juveniles are restricted from public places between the hours of 9:59 p.m. and 6 a.m., unless accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Working with leaders from city churches and officials from the city school system, police will remove juveniles in violation of the ordinance from the city’s streets and turn them over to volunteers working with the churches and schools.
From there, at-risk youth will be pushed towards local service agencies and other entities dedicated to helping Trenton’s youth overcome the city’s unique pressures.
Juveniles picked up during sweeps will be dropped at local churches and community rooms at the mostly empty Trenton police precincts in the East Ward and West Ward. Those drop-off sites will be staffed with volunteers tasked with identifying underlying problems in the children.
Trenton’s curfew ordinance, first passed in 1995, can result in penalties for children as well as the parents who allow their children to violate the ordinance “knowingly or by inefficient control.”