Curfew, supervision regulations in place to protect post children
Story by: Calun Reece
1ST INF. DIV. POST
As the days get longer, children and youth may spend more time playing outside. Families are reminded by the Fort Riley Police Department to adhere to regulations that help keep young people safe.
"The installation enforces curfews and supervision for the protection of minors," said Lt. David Rhodes, criminal investigator, FRPD.
According to Rhodes, Fort Riley Regulation 190-19 outlines and governs the requirements on the installation. Curfew laws are dependent on the age of youth and if installation schools are in session the following day.
According to the regulation:
• When school is in session the next day, all juveniles, 17 years old and younger, have a curfew from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
• When school is not in session the following day, youth ages 16 or 17 years, have a curfew from 12:30 a.m. to 5 a.m.
• When school is not in session the next day, youth, ages 15 and younger, have a curfew from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
A parent or legal guardian must be with the juvenile if curfew hours are going to be exceeded, Rhodes said.
"Sometimes, juveniles think they can get someone 18 and over in their class, and they're good (and) can go hang out all hours of the night," he said. "It has to be a legal guardian or a parent that is with them."
There are some exceptions to the curfew policy, Rhodes said.
Juveniles who have an official place of employment off the installation or school-functions, like an away-high school game, may be exempted if the FRPD is made aware of the situation and the information can be verified.
Parents and guardians also are reminded to adhere to the regulation for instructions about leaving children unattended.
To prevent accidents, fires and intruders, Fort Riley Reg. 190-19 requires all children 10 years and younger to be supervised in Family quarters.
Other supervision requirements include:
• An adult or certified babysitter 12 years or older must supervise any child 10 years and younger in quarters at all times.
• Children between the ages of 10 and 11 years may be left alone in Family quarters for a maximum of two hours.
• Children between the ages of 12 and 15 years may be left alone for a maximum of four hours.
• Children between the ages of 16 and 18 years may be left alone for a maximum of 48 hours.
The regulation does not allow children to play on streets or in traffic ways. Children in grades kindergarten to fifth grade must be closely monitored within sight and/or sound by a parent or responsible party in housing and public areas.
Children not old enough to attend kindergarten must have an adult or designated child care provider with them at all times while outside, according to the regulation.
Children walking to or from school may do so without an adult, but it is strongly recommended for safety that students travel in groups of three or more.
For more information about the Fort Riley Reg. 190-19, call 785-239-6767.