September 25, 2013: Prosecuting attorneys and other national experts are in Philadelphia this week to highlight innovative community justice programs that are reducing crime and making neighborhoods safer across the country.
Along with attending this year’s conference the District Attorney is also being honored during the two day event. Tonight the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) and Target will present Mr. Williams with this year’s Innovative Community Engagement (I.C.E.) Award which recognizes outstanding leaders in community prosecution.
“Like so many of my colleagues around the country, I recognize that community-based prosecution is the linchpin for improving public safety and fostering good community relations,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “This conference will be enormously productive and I have no doubt it will result in the exchange of great ideas that will ultimately help all of us make our communities safer.”
The 8th National Community Prosecution Training Summit is presented by the APA, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Center for Court Innovation to provide prosecutors with the requisite skills to strengthen links between the criminal justice system and the community.
“Community Prosecution is a philosophy that encourages collaboration between prosecutors, criminal justice partners and the community to create safer neighborhoods,” said APA President David LaBahn. “By recognizing the important role that members of a community play in public safety, prosecutors have engaged in community based problem solving strategies that have reduced crime.”
The 2013 conference program and its extraordinary group of faculty experts and practitioners are highlighting leading community prosecution programs nationwide and providing attendees with the necessary skills and knowledge to enhance innovative problem-solving strategies at home.