Odessa Renews City-Wide Curfew

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The Odessa City Council met Tuesday night and heard the recommendations from Odessa Police Chief Tim Burton about the best decision on a city-wide juvenile curfew.

They voted to renew their curfew.

That means if anyone ages 17 and under is caught outside between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and between midnight and 6 a.m. on weekends, they'll receive a citation.

This renewal keeps this curfew going for the next three years.

When NewsWest 9 asked if any changes were in the making for the curfew, Burton said that the way the curfew was right now was just the right blend of both peacekeeping and protection.

"It's really of two-fold value. One is to help us limit crime and to have an effect that way but there's also another value which is very important to us which is to ensure the protection of juveniles," Burton said.

Officers told NewsWest 9 there's no three-strikes policy. A citation will be issued and maybe even jail time if the juvenile is committing a crime.

Burton said only time will tell what the renewal of this curfew will do for the juvenile crime rate.