Now that summer has officially started -- Grand Rapids Police Department reminds residents of the city's curfew ordinance.

The curfew ordinance details the hours that young people under the age of 17, can legally be in a public place without being under supervision of a parent or guardian.

The ordinance is as follows:

  • Children under 12 need to be in by 10 p.m.
  • Children under 15 need to be in by 11 p.m.
  • Children under 17 need to be in by 12 a.m. (midnight)

The curfews do not apply when a minor is with his or her parents or guardian.

Children found violating the curfew ordinance could be sentenced to up to 90 days in juvenile detention and/or fined up to $500. Parents and/or guardians who all children to violate curfew could be arrested and/or fined -- the penalty is a misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of no more than $500.

GRPD says the curfew is in place to ensure that Grand Rapids citizens have a safe and enjoyable summer.

For more information about the curfew ordinance, click here.

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