[WASHINGTON DC] – On February 2, 2017, prosecutors from 26 states and the District of Columbia came together at a meeting led by Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence to discuss prosecutor protocols for investigating police use of force cases, ethics policies and eyewitness identification procedures. Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence is a think tank that provides policy advice to prosecutors working to improve the criminal justice system and supports the establishment of statewide prosecutor-led best practices committees.
The meeting featured a presentation by the Pennsylvania District Best Practices Committee about the Committee’s recently issued guidelines for investigating officer-involved shootings. Pennsylvania prosecutors have taken the lead in addressing this difficult issue. Their efforts have been well received throughout the state and throughout the prosecution community nationwide. Read the PA Protocols
Also during the one-day meeting, New York prosecutors reported on how their District Attorneys Association developed an ethics handbook that has been distributed nationally and their considerations for developing ethics procedures and guidance for NY prosecutor offices. Read Ethics Handbook. In addition, breakout sessions gave prosecutors the opportunity to discuss and learn more about best practices in law enforcements’ use of eyewitness identification procedures and how to establish and maintain a statewide best practices committee.
“The Best Practices movement has seen remarkable progress in a span of just a few years. With 22 statewide best practices committees, and more under consideration, prosecutors are taking the lead in improving the criminal justice system. This national movement has spurred the sharing of new ideas and innovations that are being implemented by prosecutors around the country.” said Kristine Hamann, Executive Director of PCE. Hamann is a former Visiting Fellow at the Bureau of Justice Assistance/Department of Justice and former Executive Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
This national meeting provided a forum for discussion amongst prosecutors from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia. Also in attendance were representatives from the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), and the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators (NAPC).
The NDAA generously provided a space for the gathering, which took place immediately following the NDAA’s 2017 Capitol Conference. This is the ninth National Best Practices Summit.
For further information on the Best Practices movement and Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence, contact Executive Director Kristine Hamann at firstname.lastname@example.org.