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Craig Stedman, District Attorney
An editorial from the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office:
A prosecutor’s mission is to protect the community, and that protection duty extends to providing offenders the means and opportunity to rehabilitate and move past their crime(s).
In many instances, that opportunity comes in the form of a diversion program: a second chance prosecution path that involves a tailor-designed set of requirements for the offender.
Changes are likely pending for probation and parole procedures in Pennsylvania.
How transformative those changes are depends on how legislators vote on bills that address supervision terms and when they should end, treatment programs as part of supervision, and funding sources.
Lancaster County now has ten certified Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) – police investigators trained to detect drivers impaired by drugs.
The effects of drugs are not as easily recognizable as with alcohol, so DREs are crucial in investigating and prosecuting drug-involved DUI charges.
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.
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