A Community Prosecution Unit (CPU), which will be headed by Asst. Dist. Atty. Pam Stark, will be based at the Tillman Police Precinct where criminal cases can be evaluated and decisions can be made on the spot how to proceed.
Also, all indicted cases from Tillman will be handled by the same prosecutors and by Criminal Court Judge Paula Skahan so they will better understand the issues, problems and defendants from that area.
“The basic idea of this Community Prosecution program is that prosecutors can develop a background, partnership and trust with members and organizations in the community served by the Tillman Precinct,” said Gen. Weirich. “There also will be a heavy emphasis on prevention and intervention. We will continue to pursue violent repeat offenders, but we also will be working hard to identify young offenders who can be kept out of the criminal justice system.”
The first CPU was established in January of 2017 in the Old Allen Precinct, which covers the Frayser and Raleigh areas of North Shelby County. Carrie Bush is the chief prosecutor there and cases are handled by Criminal Court Judge John Campbell.
The Tillman CPU began last year on a limited basis, but it now is ready to move forward on a fulltime schedule.
“We’re looking forward to working with the precinct officers and the grassroots community organizations to help meet the needs of the neighborhoods and businesses of the Tillman area,” said Gen. Weirich. “Community Prosecution involves a big investment of time and resources, but the benefits it can bring are well worth the effort.”