Student curfew model to be replicated across Jamaica

September 06, 2016
Contributed Commuters, many of whom are students, queue to get tickets at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre.

The curfew model which stipulates that students must be off the streets by 9 p.m. may be replicated across the island.

Under the model, students under the age of 17 must not be on the streets unless they are in the company of their parents.

Making the disclosure during a school opening ceremony at Seaward Primary and Junior High in St Andrew yesterday, Commissioner of Police, Dr Carl Williams, said the matter was among several issues discussed with executives of the National Parent-Teacher Association, recently.

The initiative was launched in April by the St James police out of concerns that criminals have been preying on vulnerable students, luring them into illegal activities and turning their minds against wanting to go to school.

Williams urged parents and community members to work with the police to monitor “hot spots” and areas where children loiter instead of going to school or home.

“We have to work together – police and community members – to ensure that the future of these little ones is secured,” he said.

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