Curfew Violators to Parks?
We're wondering if this is a tacit admission that detectives and beat cops are so shorthanded that they can't be held down watching curfew violators:
- Kids caught breaking curfew this summer in three high-crime areas of the city will be sent to Chicago Park District buildings instead of police stations to wait for their parents to pick them up.
Mayor Richard Daley hopes the trial program will give police a chance to present youths with alternatives to hanging out on the street. Parents of children younger than 17 found by police outside the home after 11 p.m. on weekends will have to pick them up at the parks, where neighborhood relations officers will be on hand to talk to them about community organizations and park district programs available for their kids.
"The park district buildings will be an easier place for young people to wait than a police station, and an easier place for us to communicate with the parents who come to pick up their own children," Daley said during a news conference at Ogden Park in the 6500 block of South Racine Avenue, one of the sites curfew violators will be brought.
Are park employees being paid overtime to keep the buildings open 24 hours? Is there a cutoff time? What about a "secure detention area" parts of the General Orders? Are these buildings equipped as such?
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