Columbia City Council Talks Curfew; Task Force Plans Move Ahead

4 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Monday, July 01 2013 Jul 1, 2013 Monday, July 01, 2013 11:06:00 PM CDT July 01, 2013 in Continuous News
By: Kellie Stanfield
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council decided on Monday that is moving forward with assembling a task force to address violence in the city. The city council met Monday night to discuss the possibility of implementing a curfew for people under age 17, and other options to reduce crime in Columbia.

A city document says the city council considered a curfew for people under age 17 in 2002 and 2003, but the proposed ordinance was withdrawn in June 2003. Columbia's City Manager Mike Matthes didn't work for the city at the time, but said he understands why the city council withdrew the curfew ordinance.

"After reading the history of the time, I think the council felt like it was too much solution for a problem that wasn't there. You still have comments like that today. Is it really solving a problem we have or does it over reach? And that's the debate now that the council will have," Matthes said.

In the document Matthes and his staff recommend an evaluation process for any curfew ordinance that is considered. The document also said Matthes and his staff feel the conditions and wording of the previously considered ordinance are sufficient for implementing a curfew in Columbia. Matthes and his staff also suggest the curfew ordinance include programs that involve parents, to help ensure people do not violate the curfew more than once. One way to involve parents would be instead of the child being brought home after violating curfew, he or she would be brought to a facility with volunteers and professionals where parents could determine the child's community service hours. This process would be in place of going through the court system.

Matthes and his staff also suggest the following strategies to help reduce crime and violence in Columbia:

1. Graffiti removal and abatement
2. After school and evening programs
3. Mentorship
4. Employment programs
5. Early childhood intervention

Matthes said he supports enforcing a curfew.

"In the cities that have tried curfews, they found that they have seen a reduction in violence that juveniles commit. They also see a reduction in juveniles being the victims of crime. That's pretty simple calculus. If they're home, they're not out to be victims or perpetrators," Matthes said.


Dale Roberts is the executive director of The Columbia Police Officer's Association. He voiced his concerns with the curfew to the city council at the meeting Monday evening.


"One problem officers have brought forward is that if they pick up a juvenile and take him into custody, the officer is off the street for 2 hours. That's 2 hours they're off their patrol duties, usually during the prime time," Roberts said.


Another person who voiced her concern at the meeting asked the city council how the curfew would be enforced.

"How do visitors families find out about a curfew?" she asked.

The original curfew ordinance lists exceptions to the curfew.Those exceptions are:

1. The minor was accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult.
2. The minor at work or going to or returning from work.
3. The minor was attending an official school, religious or recreational activity supervised by an adult.
4. The minor was involved in an emergency.
5. The minor was on an errand for a parent.
6. The minor was in a car or motor vehicle in interstate travel.
7. The minor was on the sidewalk outside his or her home.
8. The minor was exercising first amendment rights protected by the United States constitution.

A decision about whether to enforce a curfew was not made Monday night. Matthes said Monday's meeting was a way to keep the conversation going, and discuss the city's options.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Boone and Callaway County has a new circuit judge. Judge J. Hasbrouck “Brouck” Jacobs will preside over... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 8:04:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri high school football teams are kicking off the final week of Friday Night Fever. In our FNF... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 6:51:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Fight for the First documentary was shown at the Missouri theatre for donors and students Friday. The film... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 6:32:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Below are scores from the last week of the high school football season. Final scores will be in... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 6:27:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Nigerian citizen living in St. Louis has been sentenced to six and a half years... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 6:01:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - #MeToo started as a tweet and turned into an international discussion on sexual harassment. Columbia resident Macy... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 5:52:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia is attracting attention for its innovation in collegiate eSports. From having the first varsity collegiate all-woman eSports... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 3:45:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says the state no longer will make children in foster care pay... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 3:22:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
MEXICO – A former teacher pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of sexual contact with a student. Robert Cortez,... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 3:04:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
ASHLAND - Namaste Health Care alerted 1,600 patients to a security breach that happened the weekend of Aug. 12-13. A... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 2:44:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin announced that October 20 th would be recognized every year as Buckle... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 2:42:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, city officials... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 2:10:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Volunteers from the city and community spent the day picking up litter, clearing branches and cleaning sidewalks in... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 1:55:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he sold heroin in the hospital maternity ward... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 1:48:59 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A jazz museum that's plagued by operating losses and bounced checks to musicians could be headed... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 12:39:06 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Relatives of man who died at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility are alleging that a fungus infected... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 10:55:00 AM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A 21-year-old man faces a handful of charges for allegedly stealing from a church and also stealing... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 10:47:00 AM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Two felons from Columbia were charged in federal court with illegally having guns and ammunition. Ladame Smith... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 10:19:00 AM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 62°
4am 62°
5am 62°
6am 62°
7am 62°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:30a
LX.TV: 1st Look
4:00a
LX.TV: 1st Look
4:30a
Paid Program
3:30a
Paid Program
4:00a
Paid Program
4:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

6:30p
College Football
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld