"It's a catch-and-release game": Shootings by repeat offenders with Ocala Police Chief Mike Balken
OPD Chief Mike Balken is frustrated by the numbers of shootings and gun crimes committed by repeat offenders. It's a "catch and release game". Balken is encouraging help from legislators, and a 21-day Hold Rule is still being discussed in Tallahassee. Balken says there are no consequences for youth offenders, as though kids are being taught to be career criminals because there are no serious consequences. Juvenile repeat offenders are committing many of the city's drive-by shootings. The recidivism rate is extremely high...a recent arrest had been convicted of 20 prior shootings, and should have been behind bars with such a long criminal record. Many kids have broken homes, and mentoring programs can show examples of a better life. Big Brothers-Big Sisters have partnered with OPD and is a way to help kids in challenging home environments. Balken encourages citizens to give of their time to have a greater impact. Sunday May 15th starts "Police Week" to honor officers that have given their lives to help their communities. May 19th at McPherson campus is a fallen officer memorial program in Ocala.
Duration: 9 min