Curfew debated

Red Deer’s Crime Prevention Advisory Committee has delayed recommending a stricter youth curfew in favour of looking deeper into crime prevention.

Red Deer’s Crime Prevention Advisory Committee has delayed recommending a stricter youth curfew in favour of looking deeper into crime prevention.

City council requested a recommendation from the committee after Northwood Estates Neighbourhood Watch collected 651 signatures to change the curfew to 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. from 1 to 6 a.m.

Some Northwood Estates residents were terrorized by youth last year and want an earlier curfew to give RCMP more powers to get youth off city streets.

Under the current bylaw, youth under 16 cannot be in a public place during the curfew unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Exceptions include youth who are working, volunteering or returning from an organized sporting event.

On Tuesday, the committee decided to seek more information into how other communities are implementing curfew bylaws, how the bylaw can be enforced, and ways to prevent youth crime.

“We’re not opposed to (the 11 p.m. curfew). We just need a bigger picture,” said committee member and city councillor Lynn Mulder.

There’s more to it than just telling youth they have to go home, said member David Radcliff.

Crystal Smith, co-chair of the Northwood Estates Neighbourhood Watch committee, said she was encouraged by discussion that included expanding the recreation options for youth in the city’s north end.

“(Youth) do what they can here. They cause trouble. They keep themselves entertained. Having places where they can go will definitely help with them to not be out that late,” Smith said.

In the meantime, local Neighbourhood Watch has already reduced crime in the area.

“The vandalism has gone down quite a bit. We don’t have the north side gang in our trailer park anymore. They are gone because all of us neighbours around there, we watch out for each other.”

RCMP Sup. Brian Simpson said the curfew bylaw has been used only twice in the last three years because there are other ways to deal with youth behaviour, like using the Criminal Code or the Liquor Act.

“We have it as a tool and it is used as a tool for enforcement when necessary, when the situation identifies itself. It’s a balance of all the tools we have and the particular issue we’re dealing with at that point in time,” Simpson said. Most youth in the city are also “very, very good,” he said.

“We get a lot of compliance. When they are asked or told to go home they do.”

The Crime Prevention Advisory Committee will discuss the curfew on Sept. 10 and will make a recommendation to city council at its Oct. 13 meeting.

szielinski@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Alberta hiring more paramedics and buying new ambulances, none for Red Deer

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer is not concerned the provincial government didn’t… Continue reading

‘My nightmare began again’: Close call as bus carrying Humboldt crash survivor rear-ended

CALGARY — A terrifying ordeal for Humboldt Broncos survivor Ryan Straschnitzki this… Continue reading

Halifax airport operations normalize after Boeing 747 runway overshoot

HALIFAX — The Halifax Stanfield International Airport has resumed normal operations a… Continue reading

Bentley family left without a home grateful for community support

Central Albertans are coming together to support a Bentley family left homeless… Continue reading

Red Deer RCMP ready for new mandatory alcohol screening law

Red Deer RCMP are ready to enforce a new law intended to… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer and District Kennel Club Dog Show at Westerner Park

The Red Deer and District Kennel Club is holding a dog show… Continue reading

Pence aide out of running to be Trump’s next chief of staff

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top pick to replace chief of staff… Continue reading

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain… Continue reading

‘I killed my best friend’: Opioids’ fatal grip on mayor, pal

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

Brothers, 20, face second-degree murder charge in death of teen: police

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Police west of Toronto say two brothers have been… Continue reading

A young mayor, his friend, and a fatal attraction to opioids

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

WASHINGTON — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit… Continue reading

TTC union asks provincial government to step in on transition to Presto

TORONTO — The union representing transit workers in Canada’s most populous city… Continue reading

Small pot growers find roadblocks on path to microcultivation licences

Yan Boissonneault’s daughter was turning blue. Without warning, his baby had stopped… Continue reading

Most Read