Curfew Sweeps Push: San Diego Explained - Voice of San Diego


Curfew Sweeps Push: San Diego Explained

We examine the questions surrounding the Police Department’s major initiative to enforce juvenile curfew laws and its impact on crime.


As San Diego police have cut staffing and eliminated specialized units in recent years, they’ve funneled more resources toward enforcing the city’s 10 p.m. curfew on kids.

Today, police regularly swarm inner-city neighborhoods, arrest minors out past curfew and connect families with social services. These operations, conducted in the City Heights, southeastern and downtown areas, are called curfew sweeps.

Our latest San Diego Explained, produced in partnership with NBC 7 San Diego, explains what we now know about the sweeps after months of investigation. Some of the biggest claims about their effectiveness and implementation are questionable or unfounded.

One minor note: The video’s introduction repeats a common mistake and incorrectly identifies me as “Kyle Keegan.” For the record, my first name is Keegan and my last name is Kyle.

For more information on San Diego’s curfew sweeps, check out our reader’s guide or this recent story about a group of teens who were arrested after leaving a movie theater in Mira Mesa.

Keegan Kyle is a news reporter for Voice of San Diego. He writes about local government, creates infographics and handles the Fact Check Blog. What should he write about next?

Please contact him directly at or 619.550.5668. You can also find him on Twitter (@keegankyle) and Facebook.

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