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3rd District Court Advocacy Subcommittee Monthly Meeting

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 07/06/2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location
3rd District Police Station

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Successful partnerships with the community don’t stop when an arrest is made. Victims, and your community, need your support in court. Many times the community is the victim of the crime and by attending court hearings you can be an advocate for your community. Being a part of the judicial process can also be a daunting experience. Victims and witnesses are sometimes intimidated by the process and the defendant. Court Advocates provide the necessary brace that some victims and witnesses need to continue with their case and testimony. By attending court, Advocates send a strong message to the defendant and the judicial system that they are interested in their community, its problems, possible solutions and will not accept things as the once were.

Each Police District has a Court Advocacy Subcommittee. Information regarding crime trends and victims and witnesses of crime are discussed. When arrests are made in these cases, Court Advocates organize volunteers to attend court. Cases Advocates follow can range from violent crimes, such as murder or sexual assault, to drug dealing and public drinking, to abandoned buildings and negligent landlords and problem liquor stores.

Volunteers can also deliver community impact statements in narcotics conspiracy cases, demonstrating the devastating impact that narcotics sales have on the entire community; in Illinois, this option can also be exercised in felony prostitution cases.

It takes more than good police work to make our neighborhoods safer. It takes police, the community and City agencies working together to really make a difference. The CAPS partnership does not stop when the police make an arrest. To have a long-term impact on the safety of our neighborhoods, the community needs to let the offenders know that we care even after an arrest is made.

The Court Advocacy program is an integral part of CAPS. Each of the 25 police districts has a Court Advocacy Subcommittee. With input gathered at beat meetings or from other members of the community, the Court Advocacy Subcommittees, working with the Police Department, identify and track cases of interest to the community. Cases can range from violent crimes, such as murder or rape, to “quality of life” cases, such as drug dealing and public drinking, abandoned buildings and negligent landlords, and problem liquor establishments. Volunteers then attend court dates associated with those cases.

Court Advocacy Subcommittees play an important role in advancing the goals of making our neighborhoods safer. First, volunteers provide support for victims and witnesses who may be hesitant to testify in court. The presence of Court Advocacy volunteers from their community can make the difference in whether a victim or witness decides to appear in court.

Second, the presence of Court Advocacy volunteers sends a strong message to the defendant, the judge and all other interested parties in the criminal justice system: the community cares about the outcome of these cases and is willing to devote its time and energies to monitoring the workings of the judicial system.

Work with other community volunteers tracking court cases and attending judicial hearings. Court advocacy is a way to show support for victims and solidarity against crime in your community. For information about Court Advocacy, call 312-747-9973 or contact the Community Policing Office in your district.
Second, the presence of Court Advocacy volunteers sends a strong message to the defendant, the judge and all other interested parties in the criminal justice system: the community cares about the outcome of these cases and is willing to devote its time and energies to monitoring the workings of the judicial system.

Work with other community volunteers tracking court cases and attending judicial hearings. Court advocacy is a way to show support for victims and solidarity against crime in your community. For information about Court Advocacy, call 312-747-9973 or contact the Community Policing Office in your district.

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