After months of mayor forums and public hearings, the Cambridge city commissioners voted 4 to 1 to approve the curfew at the January 9 legislative meeting. Ordinance 1207 is a pilot curfew for children under 16 years of age and will begin February 1, 2023. The only dissenting vote was cast by was made by Jameson Harrington, 3rd Ward Commissioner.
Speaking after the vote was taken, Mr. Harrington told the Spy that he had done his “due diligence” and that the majority of his constituents felt that the curfew would have a negative impact. According to the ACLU of Maryland, curfews have repeatedly been shown to be ineffective in making kids safer or less likely to get in trouble.
The curfew took effect immediately after the Council vote.
The Council also gave a warm welcome to Justin Todd was appointed (by a unanimous vote) as the permanent Chief of Police.v Todd had served as the acting chief for the past several months.
The Spy caught a few of his comments after he was took the oath of office