Larimer County DA seeking volunteers for community perspective committee

Eighth Judicial District Attorney Cliff Riedel is once again seeking individuals who have an interest in the community and how the criminal justice system participates in the wider community.

The committee’s task will be to meet quarterly for lunch with Riedel and members of his staff for a brainstorming/input session about his office and how it can better reflect the values and concerns of this community.

In this time of scarce resources and unprecedented demands for public safety, Riedel hopes to maximize value and public safety effectiveness by broadening his perspective on problems and solutions.

“I’m looking for non-traditional perspectives to bring to the table,” said Riedel. “Every segment of the community needs to be represented in order to make the best possible decisions. If you have been looking for a way to contribute and participate, consider joining our team.”

Riedel is seeking 6 – 10 people to sit with him four times a year for lunch. Discussion topics may include:

• Colorado’s new felony DUI statute.
• Are there certain crimes or categories of crimes which are best handled with diversion programs or specialized courts instead of using the traditional court/adversary method of bringing cases?
• Police/citizen encounters.
• Are there non-traditional approaches to criminal justice which could be implemented?
• How do we better address mental health issues of those accused of crimes?
• What community partnerships are possible–are there pilot programs which could be implemented for particular cases or categories of cases without jeopardizing public safety?

Submit a letter of interest detailing your background and experience that would add value to the work of the committee to:

District Attorney Clifford Riedel
201 LaPorte Avenue, Suite 200
Fort Collins, CO 80521-2763

or via email to 8thdist-da@co.larimer.co.us

Letters of interest are due by August 21. Non-traditional players in the system and those with backgrounds in the school district, university community, faith-based community, chamber of commerce, social services, victim services and homeless assistance are encouraged to apply. It is expected to involve a modest amount of time, with meetings of two hours or so duration, four times a year, with a two-year commitment. No compensation is involved.

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