Rockford Police Taking Hard Stance on Curfew

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As a correctional officer for the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, Michael Intravaia has seen it all.

"Not only is there crime and there's shooting, but there's people that have problems with little kids out there, pornography, stuff like that," Intravaia says.

And it's also kids that can get into their own trouble. During these summer months, Rockford police are cracking down on curfew violators.

"We're taking all the minor offenses very seriously. There's an effort to attack not only curfew but public drinking, noise ordinances, improper parking in yards," says Deputy Police Chief Michael Booker.

All of those violations can add up to a bigger problem. For those under 18, curfew is 11:00 Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

"We also think there is a safety issue involved, that it is best for kids to be in at that time of night with their parents being closely supervised," Booker says.

And while certain areas of town are known for having more crime than others, Booker says the same does not hold true for curfew violators.

"There's as big a problem on the east side or north side as there is on the south or west side," Booker says.

As a parent, Michael Intravaia is grateful for the department's efforts.

"You never know what's gonna happen out there anymore. You got shootings all the time and accidents...unfortunately, one might be your kid," he says.

Those who are caught violating curfew face fines, court supervision, and probation.