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District Attorney

The Office of the District Attorney serves the citizens of San Diego County through the efficient prosecution of felony crimes countywide and misdemeanor crimes in 18 cities and the unincorporated areas. 

Achieved a 94% rate of conviction on felony cases prosecuted

Achieved an 80% misdemeanor conviction rate

Resolved 71% of adult felony cases prior to the preliminary hearing, delivering justice while saving taxpayer dollars

The new Countywide Strangulation Protocol for Law Enforcement was signed and enacted by the District Attorney, Sheriff, and Police Chiefs. The Protocol outlines best practices for the first responders on the scene of strangulation crimes. The District Attorney’s Office created a 9-minute training video viewed by over 5,000  first responders to reinforce the detection, documentation and response to strangulation crimes.

Developed a supportive services protocol to meet the needs of children who have lost a loved one due to domestic violence homicides. 

Implemented the District Attorney’s Community Action Resource Engagement Center (CARE) programs to include needs assessments and referral of community members to needed services such as job training and placement, internships, mentoring, financial literacy training, nutritional support, and mental health counseling. 

Implemented the Resiliency Is Strength and Empowerment (RISE) Court in partnership with public agencies, the defense bar and the Superior Court. The RISE Court is a collaborative, engaged, and trauma-informed court that uses a multidisciplinary approach to address the needs of youth who may have a history of, or may be at risk for, commercial sexual exploitation.

Created the It Shouldn’t Hurt to Go Home booklet in partnership with the Commission on the Status of Women. The booklet is in English, Spanish and Arabic and provides victims of domestic and dating violence resources to help break the cycle of violence. The booklet was distributed to all local law enforcement agencies, outreach groups and the downtown homeless tent camp. 

Delivered training to the Family Justice Center staff, Probation Department and local law enforcement agencies regarding how to refer cases to the District Attorney’s Domestic Violence, Stalking and Homicide Prevention Team to better protect stalking victims at the outset of the criminal case to promote victim advocacy and enhanced investigation. 

Awards – 1  NACo Achievement Award

2018 NACo Achievement Award for the District Attorney’s “San Diego County Regional Leadership Institute”) - The Institute brings together a diverse group of law enforcement officers and orients them on big picture policy issues, community relations, best practices and self-awareness topics.  It is the first such program in the County and has filled a major gap in law enforcement succession planning and inter-departmental collaboration. The training gives the participants expanded insights, earlier in their careers than older succession planning strategies, effectively giving a diverse group of officers the tools to they need to rise through the ranks of their organizations.

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