Jamaica Police institute student curfew

THE St James police have instituted a 9:00 pm curfew for students ages 17 years and under as they try to prevent them from engaging in criminal activities.

Senior Superintendent of Police Stephen McGregor said that the police are concerned that criminals have been preying on the vulnerability of many young children, luring them into illegal activities and turning their minds against wanting to go to school.

The senior superintendent pointed out that the only exception for the curfew is if a child is in the company of a parent.

“It is not okay to see young kids on the streets at nights and way after school hours and in the company of so-called guardians. This is why we are emphasising parents, as invariably you hear that the person they are out with is a guardian,” he said.

cGregor noted that a problem the police have been facing is that all the districts are not as receptive to the curfew idea for the children “as we would want them to be, but we are working assiduously at it”. “We are finding that these young people are being lured into all kinds of criminal activities. We want the parents to play a part as we the police alone cannot deal with it without their co-operation,” he said.

(Jamaica Observer)