Columbia City Council Talks Curfew; Task Force Plans Move Ahead

2 years 7 months 2 weeks ago July 01, 2013 Jul 1, 2013 Monday, July 01 2013 Monday, July 01, 2013 11:06:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
By: Kellie Stanfield

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says the city council considered a curfew for people under age 17 in 2002 and 2003, but the proposed ordinance was withdrawn in June 2003.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
BOONE COUNTY - A rollover crash off Highway VV in Boone County Sunday afternoon resulted in injuries. According to... More >>
3 hours ago February 14, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Sunday, February 14 2016 Sunday, February 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM CST in News
CAMDENTON - This Valentine’s Day, Sunday, about 500 couples renewed their wedding vows at the Bridal Cave in Camdenton. ... More >>
3 hours ago February 14, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Sunday, February 14 2016 Sunday, February 14, 2016 1:46:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA (AP) - MU Assistant Professor Melissa Click said she has been working with a public relations firm in order... More >>
4 hours ago February 14, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Sunday, February 14 2016 Sunday, February 14, 2016 12:30:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — City regulators are trying to persuade Missouri lawmakers not to replace local regulations regarding ride-hailing companies... More >>
5 hours ago February 14, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Sunday, February 14 2016 Sunday, February 14, 2016 11:45:11 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are considering a measure that's part of a growing national movement aimed at forcing... More >>
8 hours ago February 14, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Sunday, February 14 2016 Sunday, February 14, 2016 9:05:56 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police say a man has been hospitalized with life threatening injuries after a car hit him at... More >>
8 hours ago February 14, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Sunday, February 14 2016 Sunday, February 14, 2016 8:46:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - All different vendors rented spaces at Capital Mall Trade Days on Saturday. Home baked goods, fashion... More >>
21 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 7:43:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A home in Columbia was damaged Saturday after a bedroom caught fire. Fire crews were called to... More >>
22 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 6:48:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock released statements Saturday on the passing of... More >>
22 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 6:25:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis wants to win a $50 million challenge aimed at improving transportation. The city... More >>
23 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 5:56:00 PM CST in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — A St. Charles County man has admitted in federal court that he sold the heroin that... More >>
23 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 5:51:00 PM CST in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – Friends of Responsible Agriculture filed a motion for what they said is "another Sunshine Law violation against... More >>
1 day ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:10:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate made moves this week to fight back against the number one killer of Americans.... More >>
1 day ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:08:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A University of Missouri researcher has determined that high-impact resistance training in adolescence and young-adulthood increases bone mass... More >>
1 day ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 3:44:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City woman who worked as a teacher and lived on a pension left $2... More >>
1 day ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:33:39 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — University of Missouri officials say they're looking into whether a graduate student employee union would be legal.... More >>
1 day ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:04:08 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A report on U.S. import and export prices reveals the price of agricultural exports has declined for the... More >>
1 day ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:42:00 AM CST in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - Mid County Fire Protection District responded to a residential fire southeast of Camdenton late Friday afternoon. ... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 8:06:00 PM CST in News
Interactive Radar Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 33°
6pm 33°
7pm 33°
8pm 34°
9pm 33°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ 5
5:30 pm
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
6:00 pm
Dateline NBC
4:30 pm
Sleepless in Seattle
7:00 pm
It Could Happen to You
9:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pm
Saturday Night Live
8:00 pm
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
7:00 pm
It Could Happen to You
9:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pm
Cougar Town