Protection and Control of Minors
Story by: FAP Staff
This information is taken from Fort Riley Regulation 190-19. The regulation is applicable to all military personnel and their Family members while on the Fort Riley Military Installation. Violation of the provisions subjects the offender to possible substantiation of child neglect/abuse or other appropriate administrative sanctions, including but not limited to, bars from the installation and processing for termination from Fort Riley Housing.
Parents/sponsors and guardians are responsible for the safety of children too young to reasonably protect themselves from accidents and other dangers. Likewise, these adults are responsible for the conduct of the juveniles/dependents in their care for supervision, guidance and corrective action.
This article will cover the information:
1. Terms You Need to Know
2. Adult Responsibility
5. Tobacco Use by Minors
6. Troop Billets
7. Directorate of Emergency Services/Military Police
8. Punitive Action
9. Violations of the Provisions
Terms you need to know:
a. Loiter. "For the purpose of this regulation only." The term 'loiter" means remaining idle in essentially one location and includes spending time idly standing around, congregating, lingering or delaying without purpose or having lawful business.
b. Monitor. The tern "monitor" is defined as to watch over or supervise. It can include frequent checks on a location to insure the safety or well being of a child. For a child to be properly monitored they must be within sight and/or sound.
c. Public Place. All locations on the Fort Riley Military Reservation that are not off-limits or restricted other than one's residence and yard or the residence and yard where one is an invited guest.
d. Juvenile. Any person under the age of 18.
e. Escort. Parent or legal guardian, relatives 18 or older, or other child care provider 18 years or older.
The following policies are established to further define adult responsibility, in particular, circumstances that traditionally expose juveniles to increased vulnerability to danger and delinquency.
a. To prevent fires, other accidents and to protect against intruders, children under the age of 10 years will not be left unsupervised in Family Housing. An adult of certified babysitter over the age of 12 must supervise any child under the age of 10 in Family Housing at all times. Children between the ages of 10 and 11 may be left alone in Family Housing for a maximum of 2 hours. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 may be left alone for a maximum of 4 hours. Children between the ages of 16 and 18 may be left alone for a maximum of 48 hours.
b. To prevent vehicle accidents, abductions, or the extreme danger of heat injuries, children under the age of 10 years will not be left alone in a motor vehicle.
c. To prevent accidents, inconvenience of patrons, and shoplifting, children under the age of 10 years will not be let inside any AAFES/recreational activity without the close supervision of the parent/guardian or an employee of the facility who is responsibility it is to maintain order during specific activities.
d. To prevent pedestrian accidents, children will not be permitted to play on streets and/or traffic ways. School age (Kindergarten-5th grade) children must be closely monitored (within sight and/or sound) by a parent or responsible party both in housing and public areas, e.g., shopping areas, playgrounds, parking lots, etc. Children not old enough to attend Kindergarten must have an adult or designated childcare provider (12 or older) with them as ALL times while outside. While going to and from school, children may walk without an adult, but for their safety, it is suggested that they travel in groups of three or more.
e. To prevent injuries and damage to property, children will not be permitted to play in construction areas, empty housing, range areas and other inherently dangerous areas.
f. To prevent violation of Fort Riley Regulation 190-19, Child, Youth, School and Services (CYSS) offers supervised care/activity options to support parental needs. Call 785-239-9885 for more information.
Unescorted juveniles will not travel (walk, ride a bicycle, be outside housing, etc.) or operate a motor vehicle on Fort Riley between 10:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and between Midnight and 5:30 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Exceptions to the above are listed below:
a. For the purpose of obtaining necessities at the shoppette, traveling to and from employment, picking up and dropping off Family childcare providers, or returning from a school sponsored activity.
b. A written note, signed by a parent or guardian, which precisely names the time at which the minor is expected home.
Any juvenile baby-sitter must be at least 12 years of age to baby-sit, to include baby-sitting for a younger sibling.
In accordance with Kansas Statute, it is considered to be a common nuisance and contraband for a minor (person under the age of 18 years) to be in possession of all types of cigarettes or tobacco products. Contraband will be seized from the individual, a property receipt issued to them, and then the individual will be released.
Action taken by Directorate of Emergency Services/Military Police when a child is found unattended is contingent upon the degree of danger in which the child is found. The Directorate of Emergency Services/Military Police will take the following actions when a child is found unattended, unsupervised, loitering or otherwise not under reasonable adult supervision.
Those actions are:
a. Safeguard and identify the child.
b. Detain and return to parental control.
c. Notify Social Work Services, Irwin Army Community Hospital, as appropriate.
Violations of the provisions of this regulation will be processed as follows:
a. Military personnel who violate the provisions of Fort Riley Regulation 190-19 will be subject to prosecution under Article 92 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, subject to possible substantiation of child neglect/abuse or other appropriate administrative action. Administrative actions include reprimands, admonition, reduction in grade, or being process for termination of Fort Riley Housing.
b. Civilians who violate the provisions of Fort Riley regulation 190-19 are subject either to prosecution for violations of applicable state or federal law in Federal District Court or Federal Magistrate Court. They may be subject to a substantiated case of child neglect/abuse or other appropriate administrative action, or both. Administrative action includes, but is not limited to bars from the installation.
Army Community Service
Family Advocacy Program
7264 Normandy Drive, Custer Hill
Fort Riley, Kansas 66442