Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano leads the Criminal Justice Council of Santa Cruz County

Chief Manny Solano was recently re- elected to a second term as Chairman of the Criminal Justice Council of Santa Cruz County (CJC). The Criminal Justice Council was active from 1986 to 2003 and was reestablished in 2012. The CJC has 26 members representing Law Enforcement, Probation Department, District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Courts, City and County Governments, County Mental Health Department , Count y Schools, Cabrillo College and Nonprofits.

The CJC’s purpose is to develop long-range planning and provide a more effective and efficient criminal justice system for the citizens of the Cities and County of Santa Cruz.  CJC receives regular reports from the County Administrator and Chief Probation Officer on state and local issues, from county-wide partners who are working to reduce gang violence and from the County’s Gang Task Force.

The CJC has two very active Task Force Groups. The Youth Violence Prevention Task Force held a highly successful Youth Summit attended by 125 com mu n it y members in October and formed three work groups who will meet over the course of this year, culminating in a final report and recommendations to the CJC.

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force is planning a forum to coordinate service providers to maximize effective utilization of mental health and substance abuse services and to enhance core competencies in specialized areas.

For more information contact CJC Director Linda Perez at:  linda.perezsalazar920@ gmail.com.

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