The police chief in Prince George’s County, Maryland, now has the authority to create and implement extra youth curfew zones below a decision handed Tuesday by the county council. 

An indication indicating {that a} youth curfew is in impact is seen at National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland. (WTOP/Matt Kaufax)

The police chief in Prince George’s County, Maryland, now has the authority to create and implement extra youth curfew zones below a decision handed Tuesday by the county council.

Under the resolution, enterprise house owners all through the county can request Police Chief Malik Aziz to create and implement a curfew for teenagers aged 16 and below, similar to the one established final week at National Harbor by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks’ emergency declaration.

The curfews can start no sooner than 5 p.m. and final no later than 5 a.m. and would solely apply to children not accompanied by an grownup. The decision takes impact instantly, the council stated.

“We wish to permit different industrial property house owners within the county to use for a curfew zone in the event that they really feel it’s wanted,” Council Chair Jolene Ivey stated in a information launch. “Our largest precedence is ensuring we’re in partnership with the enterprise neighborhood, regulation enforcement, and the residents of our county who’ve all been robust supporters of those measures.”

Tuesday’s decision will fill the hole as a extra everlasting model of the regulation strikes by the legislative course of, based on the council. The Juvenile Curfew Bill was initially drafted as emergency laws, however that stipulation was stripped after issues it didn’t have sufficient help to fulfill the upper, eight-vote threshold to move, a county council member instructed WTOP.

The Juvenile Curfew Bill shall be scheduled for public listening to and a remaining vote later in May, and can solely take impact after 45 days. A council member instructed WTOP that Tuesday’s decision, which has similarities to the invoice, just isn’t as legally robust because the invoice shall be, and will probably be challenged.

To apply for a curfew zone, enterprise house owners have to fulfill sure standards, comparable to acquiring a letter of help from the council member who represents the world.

Officials applied the curfew at National Harbor after rowdy scenes earlier this month, when about 800 younger individuals there have been preventing, shoplifting, illegally smoking and fascinating in different legal habits, Aziz stated.

It was met with combined response from locals.

WTOP’s John Domen contributed to this report. 

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