The Erie County District Attorney's Office has launched a Police Council Program that assigns assistant district attorneys to act as liaisons to each of the 28 police agencies in Erie County, including the New York State Police, the Sheriff's Office, town and village police departments, and police on four local college campus.
The prosecutors will advise police, assist at crime scenes, review and prepare search warrants and other legal documents, and keep departments apprised of changes in the law that affect their work. This is an extension of a current program in the District Attorney’s Office that has an ADA assigned as a liaison to each of the police districts in the City of Buffalo.
“We need to reach out to all members of law enforcement," District Attorney John J. Flynn said in a press release. "When police and prosecutors are working hand-in-hand, our communities are safer and the residents of Erie County are better served.”
ADAs assigned to police agencies will also be involved in community outreach and will support the departments’ efforts to improve relations in their respective jurisdictions.