In recent years, the City of Chester has experienced an uptick of criminal activity involving juveniles; these matters involve youth being victims and/or offenders. Because of their lack of maturity and life experience, children are particularly susceptible to peer pressure, mob mentality, or becoming victims of older offenders. The younger the person is, the more likely he/she is to fall victim to crime.

While the City of Chester Police Department understands that it is the primary responsibility of parents to provide for the welfare and safety of their children, the City of Chester also has an interest in this role as well. Additionally, the City of Chester has an interest in preventing youth-involved crime, promoting parental supervision, and providing for the well-being and safety of the public at-large.

The enforcement of the city-wide curfew as outlined in city ordinance 721.02 will help to reduce juvenile victimization and criminal activity and advance public safety and general welfare of the residence of and visitors to the City of Chester. Parents should ensure that their children are home between0:9 p.m.and 6:00
m.a from June 1st to August 31s; these hours differ from the curfew set between September 1st and May 31st. Exceptions to curfew include commuting to/from employment or school activities, interstate travel, or when accompanied by their parent(s).

This summer, the City of Chester Police Department is asking that parents monitor the activity of their children and ensure that they are following the established curfew. It is illegal for parents to permit their children to violate curfew hours.

Business owners are subject to fines should they allow unaccompanied minors not in their employment within their establishment during curfew.

Steven Gretsky COMMISSIONER