FALLS CITY – Just under 200 people attended a “Take Back Our Community” meeting Wednesday at the Richardson County Law Enforcement Center.
The two-hour meeting was a follow-up for meetings organized this spring by Richardson County Sheriff Don Pounds.
TBOC leader Robert Witt said the sheriff is asking for community involvement to reduce crimes related to drugs.
Witt: “He asked for people to come and see if we could help out with some of the criminal activity in our area, so we reached to the community and then we ended up with just under 200 people there last night, a standing-room-only crowd.”
He said citizens expressed interest in Crime Stoppers and forming Neighborhood Watches. He also suggested that citizens hold prosecutors and judges accountable.
Witt: “The general consensus looks like too lenient of sentences by the judges on crime. We’re getting more and more probation and it’s just a revolving door for the courtroom up there.”
He said too frequently the penalty for violating a probation term is more probation.
Witt: “They asked questions to the prosecuting attorney and everybody and it’s just probation, probation, probation. They are getting a slap on the wrist for crimes and we’ve just had a terrible amount of theft in our area lately.”
Facebook postings today indicate that some citizens are doubtful any lasting changes will be made, but Witt said the group is planning to hold monthly meetings and continue to invite citizen participation.