Alvarez wants active role in crime prevention

May 8, 2009 2:52:13 PM PDT
In an effort to build stronger ties with communities, the Cook County state's attorney's opened its first Community Justice Center Friday.State's Attorney Anita Alvarez was joined by community leaders during a ceremony at the new Northwest Side office.

Alvarez said prosecutors have a reputation for coming into a community only after a crime has occurred and that she wants the office to start playing an active role in crime prevention.

Alvarez says while she was on the campaign trail last year many voters said they simply didn't understand the role of the state's attorney's office.

"Everywhere I went throughout this entire county, there were many people who were... not sure what the State's Attorney's office did... not sure what services we provide... and not quite sure how to get a hold of us. And I think it is so important that we as prosecutors do have a better face in the community," said Anita Alvarez, Cook Co. State's Attorney.

Alvarez says several more community-based locations are planned.


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