Boise, Sept. 20, 2006 - Boise Police conducted a curfew sweep over the weekend, citing 25 juveniles with violations. Two juveniles were found with spray paint, markers and other evidence that may indicate recent graffiti activity.
The sweep was conducted in response to increasing complaints by citizens about property crime that may be attributed to juveniles. Also by a slight increase in recent vandalism and car burglaries in Boise's North End. Officer Ryan Buzzini, the Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officer for the North End organized the sweep.
Officers also hope the action serves as a reminder to parents that curfew laws are in affect and being enforced.
The curfew sweep was conducted from midnight Saturday to 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning. The time was chosen since crimes associated with juveniles, like vehicle burglary, vandalism, graffiti and suspicious juvenile/subject calls show an increase Thursday through Saturday nights.
"The parents were really supportive," said Officer Buzzini. "We know it's an inconvenience for a parent to get a phone call at 2:30 in the morning to come pick up their child, but the parents said they appreciated our efforts in helping them know where the kids were."
The curfew sweep involved officers from patrol, Neighborhood Contact Officers and juvenile detectives. All minors in violation of curfew laws were cited and released to the custody of their parents. Juveniles found ranged in age from 15 to 17. Most were located near convenience stores or shopping center parking lots. Some were located through traffic stops.
"We focused on those kids just hanging out or cars full of kid cruising around neighborhoods," said Officer Buzzini. "I would definitely call it a success in the message we sent. We'll do this again."
Boise city's curfew law reads anyone under 18 out after midnight must be accompanied by an adult. Exceptions in the ordinance apply to juveniles headed home from work or school activities.
Curfew violation is a misdemeanor under Boise City Code. Cases of juveniles found in violation of curfew are routed to juvenile detectives for further follow up. Penalties may include a warning and release, to a summons to appear in juvenile court, depending on the history the individual has with the juvenile justice system.
The two juveniles found in possession of the spray paint cans, at this time, don't face additional charges beyond the curfew violation, but the case remains under investigation.