Thursday, July 3, 2014


The City of Flint has amended its curfew ordinance to 
include specific rules regarding unsupervised minors at special events within the city. The amended ordinance requires that during special events within the city, unsupervised minors under the age of 17 cannot occupy any area of the city being used to facilitate the event after 6:00pm and until 6:00am the following day. This curfew can be set at the discretion of the police chief to “protect the health, safety and welfare of the public” and will include any area of the city which serves to facilitate special events.

The ordinance states that “unsupervised minors create disorderly and dangerous situations at such events” and that “there is a need to restrict (their) presence…as the Chief of Police shall deem necessary.” “We want the people who come to Flint to feel safe and secure in bringing their families to enjoy our special events,” said Chief of Police James Tolbert. “Unsupervised minors, especially in large groups, have been known to disrupt that security and create situations where visitors cannot enjoy themselves due to concerns over their own safety.”

As set forth in the ordinance, any unsupervised minors in violation of this curfew can be detained until such time that they can be released to a parent or legal guardian. In addition, if a minor is in violation of this curfew, the parent or legal guardian of the minors will be found “in violation of their parental responsibility to exercise reasonable control and supervision over the minor child” face fines of $250 plus “the actual cost to the police department in arresting and detaining the minor”.

Minors attended by a parent or guardian or those with special permission to attend education or employment are exceptions to this rule. Minors who possess written authorization to attend work or school during special events have until one hour after their work or school hours to vacate the area of the event. Each special event will have a specifically designate geographic area for which the curfew will be in effect, as defined by the Chief of Police. Regular curfew hours as set forth by the ordinance shall apply outside of the special event area. The complete ordinance can be found online at