Denver curfew enforcement begins for people age 17 and younger

DENVER - Enforcement of Denver’s curfew for youth under the age of 18 will begin Friday night, according to an announcement by the police department.

From April 5 to Sept. 29, people 17 and younger will not be allowed in public places or on public property from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Minors may be in public places if they are accompanied by a parent, a legal guardian or person with written permission from a parent or guardian; if they are in a vehicle being used in interstate travel; if they are working or traveling to or from work; or if they are participating in activities sponsored by a school, religious organization or city organization.

The curfew is enforced-year round, but police begin active enforcement Friday night. Minors who break curfew are transported to the Curfew Center at at 1311 W. 46th Ave., their parents are contacted, and the minor is issued a citation.

Friday night also marks the beginning of the SafeNite Program, which gives first-time offenders the option of participating in a diversion program instead of entering the court system. Upon completion of the program, the case is dismissed from court.

“There is nothing smarter than investing in our children by providing them with the best services and ensuring they have strong, safe neighborhoods,” said Mayor Hancock. “As a city we know our responsibility lies on the other side of that school door where we must help to provide excellent programs that create a positive environment filled with abundant opportunities for all Denver’s children.”