CLEARFIELD – School may be out for summer, but unsupervised juveniles are causing issues in Clearfield Borough.
At Thursday’s Clearfield Borough Council meeting, Police Chief Vince McGinnis discussed problems the police department has been having with juveniles who are out in the streets at night and in the early hours of the morning.
McGinnis said there has been a “large volume” of juveniles, some only 11 years old, roaming the borough unsupervised. He said the juveniles are problematic for the police department, because once the child is in police custody, an officer must remain with the child until a parent or guardian can be located. McGinnis said this means an officer is “tied up” watching over the juveniles and cannot respond to more serious incidents.
McGinnis said he wants to remind residents, as well as the juveniles, that Clearfield Borough has an ordinance, which sets a curfew for juveniles under 16 years. McGinnis said the curfew is 10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
McGinnis said some of the juveniles out roaming the streets are believed to be responsible for a lot of the vandalism, which has been occurring at the borough’s parks.