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Goldsboro Partners Against Crime to hold call-in Tuesday night

By John Joyce
Published in News on August 25, 2014 1:46 PM

The Goldsboro Police Department and a community alliance known as Goldsboro Partners Against Crime will hold their quarterly call-in at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers inside historic City Hall Tuesday.

As a condition of their probation, violent offenders will be instructed to report to the call-in for a process known as notification -- and warned to either change their ways or face the consequences.

Tuesday's call-in will put the number of offenders notified by GPAC at 117 since the program's inception two years ago.

"I have 103 that have been notified and 14 scheduled to show up tomorrow," GPAC coordinator Capt. Theresa Chiero said.

The GPAC call-in program began in 2012, modeling itself after High Point and other community intervention programs aligned with Project Safe Neighborhoods.

The initiative seeks to cut down on violent crime by delivering two messages to career criminals.

The first message, from the community, is one of caring and hope. Members of the school system, local outreach programs and the parents of victims of street violence plead with the offenders to change their ways for the sake of the community and for those that care about them.

The second message is directed at the offenders themselves and is delivered sternly by members of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and the courts.

Should the offenders commit another crime after being notified, they will be prosecuted and sentenced to the stiffest term possible, either by state or federal prosecutors.

The public is invited to attend.

"This is an opportunity for the community to see law enforcement and the criminal justice system working together to combat violent crime," Capt. Chiero said.