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Hillsborough's top prosecutor wants you to join community council

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren at a January news conference. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Mar. 9, 2018

TAMPA — Andrew Warren wants to know what you think about the criminal justice system.

Hillsborough County's top state prosecutor announced Friday that his office is creating a "community council" to seek feedback and engage in "candid discussion" about local crime and justice. The Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office is seeking applications from local residents interested in joining the 20-member group.

"Through this proactive approach to engagement, members can serve as liaisons between our office and the diverse communities in which we live and serve," Warren said in a statement.

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The council will include representatives from eight separate organizations focused on civil rights, drug treatment, violence prevention. They include the NAACP, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Equality Florida, the Hispanic Services Council, Faith in Florida, Safe & Sound Hillsborough, the Crisis Center, and DACCO.

The other 12 members will be selected through an application process. Applicants must reside in Hillsborough County and be able to attend at least four meetings a year.

A council charter states that members will be expected to share ideas and concerns from their respective communities in regard to criminal justice and reform.

Anyone interested in applying can send an email to communications@sao13th.com. The application and council charter are available on the agency's website, sao13th.com.

The application deadline is March 25.

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