Many positive changes have taken place in the four years I have been in office and I am very proud of what the outstanding members of our office have accomplished. Here are some of our major accomplishments during the past four years. Our office is headed by a senior trial deputy with 27 years of experience prosecuting white-collar crime.
A deputy district attorney and a white-collar crime investigator also are assigned to the unit. The ECU already has investigated, solved and prosecuted numerous white-collar crime cases, including consumer fraud and crimes against the elderly. Our office continues to work with law enforcement agencies in our jurisdiction on improving ways to investigate these types of crimes.
We also continue to do community outreach to the relevant agencies that are required to report elder abuse crimes. Created a Drug Prosecutor Position In , we designated a drug prosecutor to handle major drug cases. Our drug prosecutor has worked closely with the North Metro Task Force and played a significant role in taking down several major criminal drug organizations in our community. Assignment of a Human Trafficking Prosecutor We recognize that human trafficking is a serious issue in the 17th Judicial District as it is throughout the Denver metro area and across the country.
We have two prosecutors assigned to prosecute human trafficking cases, who also are involved in training law enforcement in the investigation of human trafficking cases. The office has successfully investigated and prosecuted several human trafficking cases. This is another area I would like to add resources to in Reorganization of our District Court Prosecution Unit Our office has historically handled a high volume of felony cases with limited resources and routinely leads the state in taking serious felony cases to trial.
Reorganization of our Investigations Unit We reorganized our investigations unit to focus on the investigation of major crimes and critical incidents involving police officers and the use of force in the 17th Judicial District. On-Call Homicide Unit Involvement by our prosecutors at the beginning of a case leads to more effective prosecution of the murder cases we handle.
Our most experienced attorneys are now assigned on-call to respond to homicide crime scenes to assist with these major investigations. Our office established this protocol when I took office as your District Attorney in This is the first time this has been done in the 17th Judicial District. Electronic Filing Our office took the lead in converting paper files to electronic files for the 17th Judicial District. As of March 2, , all cases in our district are filed electronically.
This was a major undertaking that required more than a year of preparation and planning. Our Diversion Program is unique and successful because, unlike many other jurisdictions, we have a pre-filing program. Our program is highly successful. Established a Sexting Program for Juveniles in our Diversion Program In , we established a sexting Diversion program for juveniles who otherwise could be charged with a Class 3 felony for sending sexually explicit images on their cell phones or other devices.
The 6-week program educates juveniles and their parents about the ramifications of sexting and the permanency of electronic images. Our staff also speak to students in our schools about sexting. Problem Solving Courts Problem Solving Courts are geared to addressing the underlying problems causing the criminal behavior of defendants rather than merely dealing with punishment of the offender.
The Drug Court has been in place many years and is highly successful in helping to rehabilitate drug offenders. The program prevents them from going to prison and helps them become productive members of society. The Mental Health or CESE court does the same thing with people suffering from mental illness, focusing on rehabilitation and treatment rather than punishment.
The CESE Community Engagement, Supervision and Evaluation program ensures that participants continue treatment and medication after their criminal cases are concluded so that they are less likely to re-offend.
Our office is committed to communicating with the public about what we do and using innovative ways to stay connected to the community we serve and help you stay informed. To that end, we have completely redesigned our website and are continuing to revise its content in an attempt to provide the information that residents of our community need.
We also have established a presence on Facebook and Twitter to better inform and stay in touch with the public. You can follow us here on Facebook , Twitter or www. We also post all of our news releases and decision letters on officer-involved shootings on our website so they are readily available to the public. We held our first academy in the fall of Fraud Prevention Seminars Our staff provides free seminars on identity theft and consumer fraud prevention on a regular basis.
If you are interested in scheduling a fraud presentation, contact our public information officer, Sue Lindsay, at or slindsay da Speakers Bureau Our staff is available to speak to community and neighborhood groups on any topic relating to the criminal justice system. Topics of our educational presentations include: