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Greensboro, NC-- The Triad's Violent Crime Task Force has a message for repeat offenders, get out of the business of committing crimes.
Thursday night, the task force had a "call in" with 18 repeat violent offenders to deliver them that message and offer them help to stay clean.
The offenders agreed to appear before a gathering of community leaders, law enforcement officials, friends and family members for an opportunity to either leave behind a life of crime, or suffer severe consequences.
The Violent Crime Task Force is a partnership between community and law enforcement.
Officials said the the purpose of the call-in is to let past offenders know that the community will not tolerate future violence, and that help is available if they choose to change their lives.
How does it work?
-- The Department of Probation and Parole sends letters of invitation to people who are at least 18 years of age, convicted of at least one violent felony offense, and have been arrested at least 10 times.
-- Community representatives in attendance stress to offenders that violence and crime will no longer be tolerated, and that they are united to make their neighborhoods safer.
-- Law enforcement representatives inform participants that continued criminal behavior will be prosecuted swiftly and to the fullest extent of the law.
-- Family members hear the messages from law enforcement and community members.
• Community representatives and other officials provide information on available resources (such as educational opportunities, jobs, etc.) and to hear the needs of the participants so that they can better provide those resources.
The six part plan to reduce violent crime in Greensboro:
1. Identify repeat, violent and group offenders.
2. Vigorously prosecute those who are involved in violent or serious criminal behavior in State and Federal Court.
3. Notify those identified that it is time to stop the violence.
4. Assist those who want to change their lifestyle.
5. Aggressively respond to further acts of violence.
6. Evaluate and repeat the process, making changes as necessary.
For further information on the Greensboro Violent Crime Task Force, or to learn how you can be a part of it, please contact Stacey Clutter at (336) 373-2018.