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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Curfew enforcers may soon have a new law to follow.

The Little Rock Board of Directors will meet next Tuesday and among the items on the agenda is a change the curfew laws for various areas of the city. Bruce Moore, Little Rock city manager, would not speak to THV on or off camera about the issue.

Police Chief Stuart Thomas discussed the new proposal right after a closed-door meeting with Moore.

Chief Thomas says, "The existing curfew doesn't change, it's still in place. The ordinance proposed simply gives the city manager the authority to implement some emergency measures if we discover there's a problem or an issue at a specific time of day that's not covered by the existing curfew."

Sgt. Cassandra Davis of the Little Rock Police Department addressed the current law.

"We have nighttime curfew and a daytime curfew. The daytime curfew applies when school is in session. And that means that students have to be in school or where they need to be between the hours of 9 o'clock in the morning and 3:45 [p.m.]," says Sgt. Davis.

The evening curfew applies from 10 p.m to 5 a.m. during the week, and on the weekends, those under the age of 18 cannot be out from midnight to 5:00 a.m.

"There's not a certain area that's focused on more than any other unless we have a problem with juveniles," Sgt. Davis added.

We are now asking if there is a problem that prompted this measure of strengthening the city's authority with the curfew policy, but Chief Thomas says, "Not at this point, but if you wait till you have an issue or problem then it's too late."

Moore's office hopes to have a draft of the plan by Friday, and the Board of Directors may vote on it at next Tuesday's meeting.

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