Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic


1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

Akron City Council passed Ordinance #139.061 Compulsory School Attendance; Parental Duty Imposed. All minors between six and eighteen years of age are required to be at school between 8:30 am A.M. and 2:30 P.M., unless one of three special circumstances exist. Students in violation are detained through the Summit County Juvenile Court with assistance from the Akron Board of Education.

2. When was the program created and why?

The ordinance was passed on September 19, 1994. This was done to make parents and students responsible for being at school each and every day. When children are in school they are not on the street committing crime.

3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?

Records are kept on the number of students caught under this ordinance and checked for repeat offenses. A large number of minors arrested under this ordinance also had other offenses ranging from DUI to drug violations.

4. How is the program financed?

Officers are paid overtime to work special curfew details and are paid directly from the Police Departmentís budget.

5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?

There were initial concerns when the ordinance was first passed because the parent is held responsible for the child. Overall the implementation has gone smoothly and the community has supported its enforcement.

6. Contact Person:

Capt. Lynn Callahan, Akron Police Dept., Patrol Division, 217 S. High St., Akron, OH 44308, (330)375-2900, FAX (330) 375-2107. Kevin Shirey, Akron Board of Education Security, 70 N. Broadway, Akron, OH 44308, (330) 761-2819, FAX (330) 761-3224.

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