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Waterloo Chief Trelka: Community needs to be part of solution

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Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka speaks at a news conference Monday, April 27, 2015, at 11 a.m. Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka speaks at a news conference Monday, April 27, 2015, at 11 a.m.
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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Police are working on intervention programs for at-risk youth to stem recent violence, even amid budget cuts and an ongoing mistrust of police in the community, Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka told media and community members Monday morning.

Trelka said a recent Facebook group, "Taking Back Waterloo," has been "phenomenal" for being solution-focused and getting community members to care again about their community, he said.

He said police are also identifying the youth most at-risk of committing violent crimes in Waterloo and trying to intervene before violent acts happen.

But Trelka also lamented an ongoing mistrust the community has in their police force, as well as budget cuts and a tendency for the public to blame police for not stopping violence.

"People like to point the finger back at police," he said. "These are community issues. Everyone should be involved."

Trelka also noted that some people in a neighborhood want a much more robust police presence, even as others want less -- and police are trying to find that balance.

"We don't want to be viewed as a military presence," he said. "But we're working hard to work with neighborhoods."

KWWL's Bob Waters was there and will have more on the news conference today.
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