Due to public safety concerns and recent crime in downtown Dallas, the Dallas Police Department is collaborating with the city’s downtown business partners to take a proactive approach to ensure all residents and business owners are safe by conducting a special initiative to enforce the juvenile curfew and providing additional manpower to curtail speeding and street racing. The Dallas Police Department will begin enforcing the juvenile curfew ordinance on Friday, September 4, 2020. Enforcement of the order will be in place for the next three weeks covering Deep Ellum, West End, Farmers Market, Uptown, Victory Park and the Central Business District.
The ordinance applies to juveniles under the age of 17 who are in a public place in the curfew area from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Sunday. Juveniles found in violation of the curfew will be detained by officers until properly identified, then either released to a guardian or parent or transported to the Letot Center which is a co-educational facility where the staff provides crisis intervention, emergency shelter and counseling for runaway youth.
Public Works and Transportation are coordinating street closures and traffic calming devices in speeding hot spots downtown. Street racers and spectators are subject to a citation, fine and/or jail. Members of Downtown Dallas Inc., Deep Ellum Foundation, West End Historic District, Farmers Market District, Uptown Dallas Inc., Victory Park, Cedars Neighborhood Association and the Central Business District will be vigilant and are supportive of the department’s increased presence to ensure establishments and patrons stay safe.