TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Indiana Attorney General is on a statewide tour advocating for public safety.
On Tuesday, Curtis Hill made a stop in Tippecanoe County. He is working to bridge the gap between law enforcement and lawmakers through a Public Safety Coalition.
He joined prosecutors, police and other county leaders in conversations discussing the issues they're facing here in the county. One major topic they tackled is the issue of individuals recommitting crimes soon after being released from jail. They also talked about finding ways to combat illegal drug use, which is a major issue happening all over the state.
Through traveling the state, Hill said he's able to see what other communities are doing and it's providing much better solutions than he would have just staying put at the Statehouse.
“It's an opportunity for my office to travel the state to connect up with local communities and combine information, find out what's happening at a local level provide that information on what we can do to help,” said Hill.
“It's important for our local citizens to understand how well we partner behind the scenes between the state level, local law enforcement, and prosecutors office to continue pushing those issues of public safety,” said Tippecanoe County Prosecutor, Patrick Harrington.
Purdue University Police Chief John Cox said there's already a tight partnership between police and prosecutors but it's helpful when state leaders are in on the conversation as well.
“I think this is an important mission that the Attorney General is doing in going around the state hearing about our issues and our struggles,” said Cox.
Hill believes this is a great approach in addressing and solving public safety needs.
“How best can we demonstrate that engagement without first coming to the local community and hearing what's going on and then taking action surrounding it,” said Hill.
Hill has nine stops for this PSC tour. He travels every few months to follow-up with communities. His next tour will focus on crime prevention.