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Complaints prompt police to move curfew centers from churches

The teen curfew shelters at churches were a key component to Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell's 90-day anti-violence plan when he announced it June 10. (FOX19 NOW/file) The teen curfew shelters at churches were a key component to Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell's 90-day anti-violence plan when he announced it June 10. (FOX19 NOW/file)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Complaints prompted Cincinnati police to move the location of teen curfew shelters from churches to recreation centers before the shelters even opened. 

The curfew centers at churches were a key component announced June 10 as part of Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell's 90-day plan to try to reduce soaring violence. Shootings are at a 10-year high.

He envisioned the centers as safe spaces for youth when they open nightly 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. between June 21 through August 16. Clergy, Cincinnati Police Citizens on Patrol and third shift officers will staff the centers to help teens while attempts are made to contact their parents to pick them up. 

But, after a group complained about the separation of church and state, officials moved the centers to two of the city's recreation centers: Hirsch Recreation Center, 3630 Reading Rd., Avondale, and McKie Recreation Center, 1655 Chase Ave., Northside.

“After concerns were raised about utilizing churches, it was determined that these centers would be the best options to provide safe supervision for youth in the city,” Blackwell said in a prepared statement released late Monday afternoon.

The centers are geographically located in close proximity to each of the five police districts in Cincinnati.

Parents or guardians could be cited for a minor's curfew violation, according to the ordinance. The curfew for children under the age of 15 is 10 p.m. and the curfew for 16-and-17-year-olds is midnight.

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