TROY, N.Y. – The citywide curfew for kids will be discussed by Troy lawmakers at the city council meeting Thursday.
According to the chairman of the City Council's Law Committee, Troy has long had a citywide curfew for its minors. However, many teens don't pay attention to the curfew and it's leading to an increase in crime and a decrease of officer accessibility
The ordinance in its current form has been around since 2010, saying kids under 18 must be off city streets by 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and by 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Troy High School student Casey Betit just turned 18 this month and she says she had no idea Troy had a city curfew
"I did when I was 15, 16 but I had no idea if it was still going on," said Betit.
Even when she was under 18 as of last week, she says she's mostly indoors by 11:30 p.m. anyway. Though she did say many in Troy, friends included, don't follow the curfew.
“They just don't listen to the rules, like what time to go in, they just stay out pass the curfew,” she said.
According to City Councilman Jim Gordon, police say 32 kids were arrested for curfew violations in 2014 alone. Gordon says it's starting to lead to problems.
"Causing damage, stealing property, you know, nothing is good at that hour of night when you're that young,” said Gordon.
Not only is it a problem of compliance, according to Gordon, he says the sheer number of kids on city streets after hours is taking away valuable time from Troy Police.
“The more you pick up, and you have incenses where you have officers sitting down there, you are going to reduce the amount of public safety on your streets,” said Gordon.
The councilman says the law committee is meeting with the Troy Police Chief on Monday to find a better solution to make the curfew work.
"They do need some type of solution because as you can see it's just getting worse out here,” said Troy resident Marvin Ruffin.
The Law Committee meeting is set to take place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday. The City Council Meeting will take place Thursday.