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2010 News Archives

Zugibe Receives National Award For Creative Leadership In Community Prosecution
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe was honored this week by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) with their Innovative Community Engagement (I.C.E.) Award, an award recognizing individuals and prosecution offices that have demonstrated creative leadership in community prosecution. The honor is reserved for those who incorporate innovative crime-reduction strategies, work collaboratively within their communities and rely on evidence-based decision-making to create neighborhoods safer. "It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by an organization of leading prosecutors whose goal is to improve our overall criminal justice system," said Zugibe. "In Rockland County, we are committed to working with law enforcement, local leaders, school districts, business owners and residents to improve our quality of life."
Rockland County District Attorney's Office

State's Attorney Alvarez Travels to Washington to Accept National Community Prosecutions Award
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez is in Washington D.C. today where she will accept an award from a national prosecutors association recognizing her efforts to restore community-based prosecution offices in Cook County. Alvarez will accept the Innovative Community Engagement Award at the annual conference of the National Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
Cook County State's Attorney's Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. September 28, 2010- Prosecutors and criminal justice experts from around the nation convened in Washington, D.C. yesterday for the first day of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) National Community Prosecution Conference, "The 21st Century Prosecutor," at the Capital Hilton. Presented by APA in partnership with the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), participants discussed the changing challenges faced by prosecutors and the cost-effective opportunities for improved public safety provided by innovative community-justice-based programs.
APA Press Release

Remarks of Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs
Thank you so much, Jim, and it's great to be here. I look around this room and see so many familiar faces and leaders - and heroes of mine like Seth Williams and Cy Vance - in the field of prosecution in this country. I first want to acknowledge and thank Glenn and Ron - two former Assistant U.S. Attorneys under Eric Holder - for their tremendous leadership. Glenn, you've done so much in our neighboring county of Prince George's, and, Ron, it's great having you as a colleague here at the Department. And I also want to thank Steve and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, and Julius and the Center for Court Innovation for hosting this conference and for their tremendous work in supporting community prosecution.
Office of Justice Programs

City attorney's office recognized for prosecutorial innovation
The San Diego city attorney's office will be recognized Sept. 27 in Washington, D.C. for its prosecutorial innovation and community engagement. The office's Neighborhood Prosecution Unit (NPU) has been selected to receive this year's Innovative Community Engagement (ICE) Award from the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
San Diego Source

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On August 12th, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), brought together some of the nation's leading prosecutors to discuss the challenges of prosecution in the 21st century and to discuss ways to support effective community-based strategies such as community prosecution and how innovative prosecutorial practices are meeting those challenges. "For years now, we've seen that community prosecution is a key tool of prosecutors that has proven to prevent crime while ensuring justice for victims and their families. In Prince George's County, we've incorporated community prosecution to address all types of crime, and we've seen some dramatic changes that have made our community safer.  I hope we as participants in this roundtable can identify new ways to support and incorporate the principles of community prosecution while adopting best practices to better protect the public," said Prince George's County State's Attorney and APA Board Chair Glenn Ivey.
APA Press Release

High Court Extends Gun Owners' Rights Nationwide
The U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up its term Monday with an emotional day marked by impassioned opinions, fiery dissents, sadness and even a little humor. Without doubt, the decision that attracted the most interest centered on gun rights. By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live in the U.S. ....
New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly agreed, saying, "There's going to be litigation, no question about it, that is probably spurred by this decision. And it'll all have to do with the reasonableness of existing regulation." Similarly, Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said there's going to be a lot of groping as to where to "draw the line." He expects court tests on assault-weapons bans, bans on armor-piercing bullets, bans on concealed carrying of guns and many other gun restrictions. Glenn Ivey, chairman of the board of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, asked: "Will that apply to cars? Will that apply to yards? Will people be allowed to carry them on their person under this interpretation of the Second Amendment? How far will this go before it runs into the point where reasonable regulation is going to be permitted?"

Zugibe participates in three forums on successful prosecutions
NEW CITY - Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe has shared his knowledge and experiences with other law enforcement officials in the nation by speaking at three events recently.He is in Minneapolis, Minnesota at a US Justice Department conference on Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) where the topic is building public safety partnerships in the community and finding solutions for real world challenges faced by prosecutors, police officials and corporate executives. Zugibe's participate in the Minneapolis event follows appearances last week at forums in Washington DC and New York City. On January 25, he addressed the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Community Prosecution Advisory Council in Washington.  On January 29, he addressed the New York State District Attorneys' Association.
MidHudson News

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