Community Leaders Invited to Participate in Strategic Planning Sessions for New Central County Family Justice Center

February 19, 2014 15:00 pm · 17 comments

A local steering committee charged with coordinating the opening of a family justice center in central Contra Costa County is convening community leaders and partners to form work groups and set the direction of the center, the City of Concord announced today.

The following information is from the City of Concord:

The new Central County Family Justice Center project involves a coordination of services from a number of public safety and support services agencies and public and private entities. Partners include police officers, prosecutors, social services and community-based advocates.

The family justice center model is an innovative new strategy of delivering a broad array of services to victims of family violence. The center will provide a safe location where law enforcement officials, legal service providers, victim advocates and community providers can work together, under one roof, supporting victims and their needs across a continuum of care.

The two-day planning session will be held at Centre Concord on March 4th and 5th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. All professionals, community, and business members who are interested in participating in the planning sessions are encouraged to contact Concord Police Chief Guy Swanger at (925) 671-3194. Those who cannot attend both days are encouraged to stop by either day and provide vital input into this important effort.

1 Is this event strictly for "Community Leaders".....? February 19, 2014 at 4:12 PM

or can people who actually know what’s going on participate..??

2 California Nightmare February 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Why is it just limited to “family violence”? What about other victims of crime?

Sounds like another expensive, wasteful government solution in search of a problem.

Police Chef Swanger: We don’t need you wasting your time or the time of other officers on this nonsense. We need you focused on cleaning up the streets of Concord and protecting us from thugs and vandals.

3 ConcordMike February 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Chef Swanger… er, Chief Swanger.
I suppose there must be an extra special need for Family Violence help since there is a Planning Session for it. I’m with some of the other posters here in wishing more could be done overall for all crimes in Central CoCo County.
I noticed there is no mention of the Sheriff attending this “County” subject.

4 Anon February 19, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Best location for it is near Bart.

5 Read the announcement.. February 19, 2014 at 5:56 PM

All those “feel good” solution to everything language!
“The family justice center model is an innovative new strategy of delivering a broad array of services to victims of family violence. The center will provide a safe location where law enforcement officials, legal service providers, victim advocates and community providers can work together, under one roof, supporting victims and their needs across a continuum of care.”

Innovative? Been tried before: FAIL
Array of Services? Expen$ive new layer of government
Safe Location under one roof? So what about all other facilities? FAIL

What the hell is a “continuum of care”?

We need MORE COPS on the streets, not do good FAIL programs!

6 Momsense February 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

@california nightmare
You question the effort to prevent “family violence” as a waste of time and resources….?
Do think maybe our current and future “thugs and vandals” might be the products and perpetrators of “family violence”?

7 Maria February 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM

This is a good idea. Saddened by all the unhappy people and their constant negativity.

8 Anonymous February 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Recall that the Chiefs top priorities Include domestic violence. I guess it’s important but I am a lot more worried about being burglarized again then I am about being thumped by my wife.

This looks like another Chief making a splash so he can move up to Chief of some bigger city. Looks good and feels good and easy to do.

I voted to raise the sales tax to keep the PD afloat, not some kind of feel goodishness.

9 Why February 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Do we need a DA? The cops arrest the batterer and the DA prosecutes them. I want to see my tax money used to catch crooks that threaten all of us.

This public input is a crock . Deals already done and we are all paying for it.

10 Anonymous February 19, 2014 at 9:11 PM

The Police Department has too much money if we can afford this silliness.
Here is a simple instruction for the Chief: send your Officers to domestic violence calls. If appropriate arrest someone. Send it to the DA. let them prosecute. Repeat if appropriate.

Building a bureaucracy to do more then this is absurd. This is about promoting the Chiefs name for purposes of upward mobility, nothing more.

Ugh!

11 If you people would go to mtgs February 20, 2014 at 8:17 AM

you would understand the start of this, Mayor Grayson not the Chief. And it is a good idea. Takes pressure of an all ready overloaded system plus takes care of a big crime in the county. Look up the numbers. The Chief came from a big city, San Diego. He is not going anywhere.

12 Anonymous February 20, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Oh good throw some money around, after all we raised taxes to keep more cops on the street.

Interesting to know the real reason thIs is being funded at the cost of CPD not doing real police work.

Everyone,including me , is against domestic violence but this is San Francisco style feel good stuff.

Can our Council please address the cost of this?

13 Antler February 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Momsense at #6 ……. Yes! And I am ecstatic that CPD will begin to be involved once again in crime PREVENTION.

14 Anon February 20, 2014 at 10:41 AM

@10 Divert some of the police budget to.the fire department.

15 Anon February 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM

How did this become a done deal?
How much does it cost?
Why weren’t we told about this before it was funded?

16 @#15 February 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

That’s the way it all works. Plans are decided, funded and put into action, then the public dog and pony show goes around to make the voters feel like they have some say in their government.

Government is the last place the peoples voice is heard.

17 Dumb me February 20, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Voted to increase sales tax to keep cops on the street and they give us this.

Fooled again.

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