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Craig Stedman, District Attorney
This week marks 20 years since the mass shooting at Columbine High School and we should all take time to reflect on the pain and loss experienced by that community – and the many others scarred since then by acts of violence at schools.
We offer some insight on a few local projects and programs our office is involved in, initiatives we believe make our students and school staff safer while providing tools to protect against tragedy.
What qualifies as effective and successful is subjective when discussing police practices at Lancaster County school districts – no district’s student body is like any other, so there is a variety of approaches employed across the county for student behavior issues.
However, we strongly feel with School Resource Officers (SRO) and Youth Aid Panels (YAP) available to nearly every district there are evolving policing techniques and available disposition paths that are being utilized.
“How about we pay attention for this? This is actually happening; it’s every day and it’s happening right here.”
That was the message about human trafficking relayed by an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the Lancaster County Crime Prevention Task Force’s annual summit – a day of workshops focused on raising public awareness of trending criminal activity and how to protect yourself, your family and your neighbors.
K9 Bear, a chocolate Lab who works alongside detectives with the Lancaster County Drug Task Force, had a busy first year on the job. Read what he has been up to: http://bit.ly/2BGxRqE
A team of Lancaster County investigators will be revitalizing the reviews of years-old unsolved homicides. Read what they will be doing and what kind of cases will be looked at: http://bit.ly/2SVwko5
Two dozen volunteers were recently honored as certified members of Youth Aid Panels across Lancaster County. Read about Youth Aid Panel and what these volunteers will be doing: http://bit.ly/2WuUgAX
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