Apr 5, 2024 - News

IMPD will enforce curfew for minors

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IMPD chief Chris Bailey said the curfew will not solve all the city's problems, but is another violence reduction tool. Photo: Arika Herron/Axios

Indianapolis police on Friday begin enforcing the state's curfew law for minors, prompted by last weekend's mass shooting that wounded seven children between the ages of 12 and 16.

Why it matters: While other categories of violent crime are trending downward, a record number of young people were shot and killed last year.

  • Nonfatal shootings among youths have also risen dramatically over the last five years.

How it will work: Children younger than 15 cannot be in public without an adult between 11pm and 5am every day.

  • The curfew is the same for teens between 15 and 17 during weekdays, but extended until 1am on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • There are several exceptions, including minors traveling for work, a school activity, religious event or emergency.

What they'll be doing: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers will use the public address systems on their patrol cars to make announcements about the curfew 30 and 15 minutes before it, followed by another at curfew time.

  • Kids found breaking curfew can be picked up by officers who will then attempt to alert parents or guardians.
  • Parents will have "a reasonable amount of time" to pick up their child before they're taken to the juvenile detention center.
  • Violating the curfew is a noncriminal offense.

The latest: IMPD Chief Chris Bailey told reporters Thursday that the investigation into Saturday's downtown shooting involving juveniles is ongoing.

  • He's been in conversation with Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears about possible criminal charges for parents of the children involved.

What they're saying: "I'm again asking parents to step up and be a parent," Bailey said. "It is your responsibility to know where your children are, who they are with what they are doing at all times."

  • "It is not the job of IMPD officers to babysit your children. We will not and we cannot do it."
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