Orange DA reviews 2020, looks ahead at 2021 priorities

Hoovler, K9 Jaz, Washingtonville Police Officer Joseph Mendez.

GOSHEN – Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler has released his office’s 2020 annual report and looked ahead at priorities for the new year.

He restructured the office following the state’s criminal justice reforms changing from several specialized units to three general bureaus and the Early Case Assessment Bureau.

He also upgraded technology and launched the Newburgh Non-Fatal Shootings Initiative.

“It was a record year for recovering guns. Thankfully, shootings were down, but the number of guns recovered and the investigations we are doing with guns are record highs and we are seeing guns being brought in from all parts of the south into Orange County and we are working on that problem as we go forward,” he said.

In 2021, in addition to continued gun violence initiatives, Hoovler will conduct ongoing community awareness and education about the ills of opioid abuse especially when mixing it with fentanyl.

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