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
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
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.