1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
March 22, 2007 00:00
At a news conference on Thursday, March 22, 2007, Chief Rosanne Sizer and members of the Portland Police Bureau, along with community partners, will discuss plans for enhance enforcement during Spring Break, as well as present area activities for youth. The news conference will be held at the Justice Center, 14th floor conference room at 1 p.m.
Portland Police will once again begin a citywide enhanced patrol mission designed to provide a positive and safe environment for juveniles during spring break and improve neighborhood livability by minimizing juvenile-related crime. The Police Bureau's five precincts, School Police Division, Traffic Division, and the Transit Police Division will participate in curfew missions, transit area enhanced patrol missions and traffic missions. This year’s Spring Break is from March 26 to March 30 for the Portland School District.
Officers will concentrate on areas in the city where juveniles consistently congregate in large groups or where there have been on-going problems with speed racing, vandalism, and property crime. Many of the officers involved in these missions have adjusted their shifts in an effort to minimize the costs and provide enhanced police service to the residents of Portland. Curfew hours are 10:15 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for youth under 14 years of age and midnight to 6:00 a.m. for juveniles 14 years old and over.
This year the Portland Police Bureau will be enforcing Oregon Revised Statue 163.577 – Failing to Supervise Child. A person commits the offense of failing to supervise a child if the person is the parent, lawful guardian or other person lawfully charged with the care or custody of a child under 15 years of age and the child:
(a) Commits an act that brings the child within the jurisdiction of juvenile court under ORS 419C.005; (b) Violates a curfew law of a county or any other political subdivision; or (c) Fails to attend school as required under ORS 339.010.
For the purpose of this upcoming School Spring Break mission, Oregon state law requires that the parents, legal guardians and others charged with the care of a child under the age of 15 make sure that the child is not out after curfew. Parents and others who fail to meet their legal obligations can be cited into court, can be subject to fines and required to complete a parent effectiveness program. The Portland Police Bureau is hopeful that by working with the community and enforcing this law, parents who need assistance with parental duties will get the assistance they need. In addition, the enforcement is a chance to raise parents’ awareness of curfew laws and the necessity in knowing where children under 15 are at night.
Every year, the Portland Police Bureau partners with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), Portland's Parks and Recreation, Oregon Youth Authority, Youth Gang Outreach, Police Activities League, and the Boys and Girls Clubs offer safe alternatives for youth during Spring Break. This cooperative effort began in the 1990s by community members and police who saw the need to engage youth in safe and structured activities.
A list of some of the offered Spring Break activities, is on the Bureau’s webpage at www.portlandpolice.com.
For more information on the Police Activities League, please call (503) 823-0250, or (503) 256-3479.
Sgt. Pete Simpson