NEW CITY – The Rockland County District Attorney’s Office will receive close to $1.2 million for two programs from the U.S. Justice Department.
DA Tom Walsh and County Executive Ed Day signed resolutions accepting the grants.
Office of Justice Programs, Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program grant for $270,000 will be used by the District Attorney’s Office for a victim advocate position to ensure that all victims in the Special Victims Center (SVC) have access to their services. The SVC provides a safe and welcoming environment, including a Child Advocacy Program, that provides support, services and referrals throughout the criminal case process.
The Office of Justice Programs, Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program grant in the amount of $899,964 will be used to develop and implement a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program in Rockland for low level, non-violent substance abusing offenders. The LEAD Program will partner with the
Clarkstown Police Department to start a pilot program that will then roll out to other police agencies in the county.
The early intervention program has been proven effective across the country in improving public safety, reducing the number of low-level substance using offenders from entering the criminal justice system and strengthening the relationships between prosecution, law enforcement and the community.