Mid-state law enforcement agencies meet to combat youth crime

Posted at 10:51 PM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-11 23:54:17-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It's a question we're all concerned about: What are the solutions to the growing problem of kids committing violent crimes across the mid-state?

NewsChannel 5 wants to help find those answers, and so do several law enforcement agencies that held a summit Monday in Franklin so they can start thinking together.

Metro Police Juvenile Crimes Task Force Lieutenant Blaine Whited says after teens get busted for crimes, too many are getting released without access to services or anyone with responsibility about what happens to them afterwards.

"No accountability is the issue, yes, there's not the accountability piece holding that system accountable," Whited said. "I understand the way the law is, but some things need to be looked at, absolutely."

Metro Police say they're particularly concerned with the violent crime stemming from smaller crimes -- like car theft.