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Community Prosecution

APA's goal is to provide prosecutors with the requisite skills to strengthen links between the criminal justice system and the community while promoting  partnership building and encouraging problem-solving strategies in relation to the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance's key principles of community prosecution.  To accomplish this goal, APA provides on-site technical assistance visits for local prosecutor's offices, conducts webinar trainings, hosts national conferences and maintains a Community Prosecution Listserv.  APA is also dedicated to providing current information to prosecutors and their criminal justice partners through quarterly newsletters and other publications focused on community prosecution.

What is Community Prosecution?

Community Prosecution is a philosophy that encourages collaboration between prosecutors, criminal justice partners and the community to create safer neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life of its members.  Specifically, the philosophy promotes the key principles of community prosecution: recognizing the role of the community in public safety, engaging in problem solving, establishing and maintaining partnerships and evaluating outcomes of its activities.  

What is CPAC?

On January 25, 2010, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Center for Court Innovation, hosted the first meeting of the Community Prosecution Advisory Council (CPAC). This council is comprised of elected district attorneys and city prosecutors who have been identified as national experts and leaders in the area of community prosecution.   The purpose of the council is to provide guidance to our nation's prosecutors in their efforts to advance community prosecution.  The council discussed issues such as the changing role of the prosecutor in community-based crime prevention efforts and how to provide community members with a voice in the criminal justice process. One goal that emerged from the discussion was the need for prosecutors to implement the key principles of community prosecution throughout their offices.

Community Prosecution Technical Assistance

Join the CP Listserv Blog

APA's Community Prosecution listserv was created to provide a National Technical Assistance Network in the area of community prosecution and problem solving.  The Listserv allows you to connect with other prosecutors and professionals in the criminal justice field.  The CP Listserv provides a forum and exchange for ideas relating to community prosecution efforts. New subscribers should click here to register or email Steven.Jansen@apainc.org  

On-Site Technical Assistance Visits 

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys provides on-site technical assistance visits to prosecutor's offices around the country.  APA can assist in developing new community prosecution initiatives or improving current programs by providing hands-on training and development of solutions to operational problems. 

For more information on how a technical assistance visit from APA can assist your office or to request an on-site visit, please email CrimeTA@apainc.org or download the Technical Assistance Request Form here and submit to Steven Jansen at Steven.Jansen@APAInc.org.

Community Prosecution Resources

Community Prosecution Manuals

Lex Quod Ordo Newsletters

Community Prosecution Related Webinars

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