“Pertinent partnerships through collaboration and cooperation.”
*Updated and Ratified December 15, 2009*
The ongoing mission of the Lebanon County Criminal Justice Advisory Board is to identify the strengths, weaknesses, and needs of the local criminal justice system and, by means of communication, cooperation, and collaboration, enhance and improve the system and services in the most effective, efficient, and cost effective manner possible.
To encourage collaboration in the criminal justice community
To assist the criminal justice departments in Lebanon County in making interdepartmentally informed recommendations for the overall improvement of county services.
To research and analyze best-practice, statistically sound approaches and solutions to difficulties encountered in the pursuit of justice.
To research and pursue funding for LCCJAB initiatives.
To research additional and alternative funding streams for programs that currently exist in the county.
To extend, when necessary, an invitation to other agencies to participate in meetings and discussions so that a comprehensive picture can be obtained when examining a particular problem in the community.
When the County received a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) in late 2006, it began the process of forming a Criminal Justice Advisory Board comprised of key court and county officials involved in the criminal justice system. This funding was part of an on-going initiative by the PCCD to encourage and enable every county in Pennsylvania to establish a Board of this nature so that collaborative efforts at the county level could be enhanced and improved.
During 2007, the County Comissioners hired a Criminal Justice Advisory Board Planner/Grant Coordinator to assist in the formation of this Board and to carry out its regular operations. The first formal meeting of the Board was October 16, 2007, during which the organizers discussed core membership of the Board and submitted a draft of bylaws for review. The members formally ratified these Bylaws at the second meeting of the CJAB in December 2007; thus, the Lebanon County Criminal Justice Advisory Board was officially established. Since that time, the Board has voted to amend the CJAB Bylaws on several ocasions as the need arose. The most updated version of the Bylaws is included on this website.
Over the years, Lebanon County’s CJAB has made great strides in encouraging open communication and collaboration among the criminal justice agencies in the county. The on-going diligence of the Board Members is a testament to this effect.