The Lake County Sheriff’s Department still has little faith in the county prosecutor’s office.
According to Lake County Chief Deputy Chad Hurrle, the union representative for the Command Unit, things have improved somewhat since they initially voiced their concerns about the prosecutor’s office’s efficacy in public, but not significantly.
It’s a serious problem. We have serial offenders, after all, who repeatedly appear in court systems whether they are in jail or not. Also, we occasionally see them there nine or ten times a year,” Hurrle remarked.
Hurrle claimed that the prosecutor’s difficulties date back years and are about to explode. Hurrle stated, “I think it can be natural at times, but I think the ongoing irritation is probably not typical.
Hurrle claimed that since he complained to the Board of Commissioners over a month ago about the prosecutor’s alleged inefficiency, disarray, and lack of acquaintance with cases, things have improved just a little bit. But, there is still worry despite the additional monthly meetings.
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“Well, I would expect that we would get some better prosecution, collaboration, and courtroom appearance. And that would result in better overall prosecution for us and for the victims,” said Hurrle.
A significant percentage of our annoyance is directed at the assistant prosecutor. Recently, there have been several situations where the assistant prosecutor reached a plea agreement, forcing the prosecutor to go back and correct it before pursuing a more serious charge, according to Hurrle.
Hurrle acknowledged that things don’t change quickly, but in the meanwhile, Lake County residents suffer. Classic examples are those in which criminals who ought to have been locked up or imprisoned are once again committing crimes while walking the streets.
Craig Cooper, the prosecutor, denied an interview request but stated that he thought the discussion had been fruitful and that the problems might be resolved.