PROSECUTORS WILL BE ASSIGNED TO EACH REGION OF THE COUNTY TO TARGET THE MOST TROUBLING INDIVIDUALS FOR THE COMMUNITY AND POLICE
In my talks with police throughout the County, a constant issue being raised is that there is difficulty working with the State's Attorney's Office on individuals who cause the most criminal issues for them. These people repeatedly commit misdemeanor crimes, and are a constant source of problems for citizens, business owners, and the police. Unfortunately, too often when these individuals go to court, a prosecutor is randomly assigned to the case and the person is not punished in a way that deters them from going back and engaging in the same conduct.
As State's Attorney, I will immediately address this problem. I believe prosecutors must have a true partnership with the police and the community, and that can only be obtained by assigning a prosecutor to specific areas so that they will be able to develop a true understanding of the issues and concerns faced in that community. In this way for example, if a Sykesville Police Department officer has a particular concern over an individual, or information that the State's Attorney's Office should know about a defendant, that police officer will have a specific prosecutor that is assigned to their area that they will have developed a relationship with they can directly contact.
By enacting this change, the full force of the State's Attorney's Office as well as the police can be brought to bear on the individual that is negatively impacting the community. This is but one way that I believe the State's Attorney's Office can be a partner to law enforcement.