CORE chapters from coast to coast have Community Crime Watchers --
volunteers who work with local authorities by reporting crimes in progress
and, when possible, move in to stop muggings, auto thefts and other petty
street crimes that add to the deterioration of a community. Naturally,
extreme caution is used when approaching criminals and all "crime fighters"
are trained in proper citizen's arrest procedures, including the use of
necessary force to apprehend and subdue fleeing criminals.
On the occasion of a citizen's arrest the authorities are contacted
immediately, and the suspect turned over to the police. CORE' s crime
fighters' motto is: "LET'S MAKE THE STREET SAFE FOR CITIZENS AND
UNSAFE FOR CRIMINALS."
In addition, CORE offers counsel, guidance and social services to crime
victims and encourages them to pursue criminal charges against suspected
felons. CORE maintains a "Good Samaritan" fund to help defray
costs, both legal and medical, that might be incurred by citizens who
fight back against crime. One of the biggest problems facing these
victims and witnesses of crime is the long and sometimes frustrating
criminal justice system they are forced to navigate.
CORE's crime victims/witness program monitors the criminal justice
systemís cumbersome procedures, delays in trials and hearings and the
unbalanced and unfair treatment of crime victims.
The committee maintains a watchdog eye on the present court system
specifically monitoring the process of plea-bargaining that often puts
criminals back on the street to threaten and harass their victims.
CORE's criminal justice committee, comprised of volunteer ex-policemen,
attorneys, and trained civil rights and criminal investigators, also
keeps a close watch on abuses of authority by police and other public
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