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Hillsborough's top prosecutor wants you to join community council

March 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.

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.

Faith in Florida on School Gun Violence

March 7, 2018


In the aftermath of the school shooting at Douglas High School that claimed 17 lives. Parents, the community, and the survivors themselves all clamored loudly for one thing: gun control.

Despite the days of local and national actions that have followed, the Florida state legislature is proposing dangerous legislation that will put 10 armed teachers in every school who are prepared to respond to a mass shooter. Under the proposal, teachers who completed 132 hours of training could carry concealed weapons at school under the guidance of the county sheriff. There also would be a public records exemption to keep secret which teachers have guns. The measure was received with heavy dislike; an opinion poll released last Wednesday shows Florida voters oppose arming teachers by 56 percent to 40 percent.

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