With juvenile crime on the rise in Davenport, police are looking for new ways to intervene. Their latest plan is to create juvenile assessment centers.
Local 4 News and Fox 18 News were the first to tell you about the centers earlier this week.
On Thursday, Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski released more details on the plans. He said he wants to open two centers: one for law enforcement and one that’s open to the community.
At the assessment centers, kids and teens would have access to substance abuse and mental health treatment. Sikorski said this would save time for his officers and get juveniles the help they need faster.
At the community center, anyone could bring a teen or an entire family for access to the same free services.
Sikorski said together the two centers could cut down on the increasing juvenile crime.
“I just think that this has the opportunity to have a lasting impact on our community for decades to come if we can get this rolling,” he said.
Sikorski said he has a special team working on making the centers a reality. They are meeting with city administrators and elected officials from Bettendorf and Davenport next week.