Giving Crimes A Second Look

By Telly Mamayek, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — There’s a new effort in Ramsey County to make more lawbreakers pay for their crimes.

The “Second Look Initiative” is a partnership between law enforcement and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi’s office. He said a special prosecutor will help police get the evidence they need to press charges in cases that can fall through the cracks.

“It’s about offender accountability, victim safety and making sure that we get those right results that the community and the public expect of us,” said Choi.

Under the program, a prosecutor will work with law enforcement to develop a check list for police to follow when they’re investigating cases.

“It’s exactly what we need to do in law enforcement and public safety, where we collaborate with each other and make our communities safer,” said Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom.

Maplewood Police Chief David Thomalla said the new program will be an important tool for suburban departments that have fewer resources.

“I see this as another lens to look at cases through for our investigators,” added Thomalla.

Over the next nine months, the initiative will produce a training protocol for police to follow that Choi hopes will increase criminal convictions in Ramsey County.

  • John

    Now thats something new ” make more lawbreakers pay for their crimes.” !!!!!

    I’m sure someone will get a award for this bright NEW idea!!!!

  • Mike Hunt

    Sounds like more burocratic bull.

  • Herewegoagain

    We pay taxes for this service already. Let’s get a list of the salaries of the state officials first and see if we can do some adjusting there. My fear is that they’ll trump up charges to increase their salaries.

    Oh, by the way, the money that was used to bailout the rich bankers and the war machine could of been used for ths.

  • What?!

    I don’t think this makes any sense, did the article miss something? Am I missing something? Why wouldn’t there already be some kind of checks and balances within the departments while investigationg cases, i.e. supervisors reviewing cases and making sure something didn’t get missed? A checklist gives smaller departments more resources?? How does a special prosecutor “help get evidence”? The evidence is there or it isn’t. If this is supposed to be an article about a new task force to review cases, then just say that…

  • joe

    It takes an Asian brother to think of this one…funny…a CHECKLIST? Does this mean that the cases before hand are based on evidences that may or may not be eligible in a court of law? How could this be?! I am a little angry at this article but it is what it is…we all need a checklist but for officers of the law to have a checklist in order to collect evidence is just OBSURD!! Makes me question what did they learn in school before patrolling the streets? Hope it all pans out for the officers who have to carry this “CHECKLIST” around like a guide to do something….funny in a sense if you think of it!!! Good Luck!

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