Date(s) - 02/20/2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am
004 th District 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.