Today was a Grab and Go lunch for our Plymouth County TRIAD members who were unable to attend the Coffee with the DA and Sheriff Event. It was great to see so many of our seniors come out. 175 boxed lunches were served.
The 30 hour training, put on by PCO and PAARI. was designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of law enforcement officers who will be supporting people on their recovery journeys.
Our work to protect seniors never stopped during COVID. It’s great to meet up once again and see that their needs and concerns continue to be met.
Proud to present 24 Hour Power Inc., with one of this year’s Drug Diversion Mini Grant awards.
Susie Lordi, the founder of 24 Hour Power Inc. has created a program with artists who are in recovery. Recovery Graffitti provides a powerful sense of purpose with a unique form of art.
24 Hour Power, Inc. has produced over 40 events and workshops in Brockton within the last 2 years for those in recovery and for youth ages 10-18 years old in low income and heavily impacted neighborhoods.
Please join District Attorney Tim Cruz, Chief Mike Botieri, Dr. Chris Campbell, Melinda Kneeland and Ed Jacoubs as they announce the virtual launch of the Handle With Care Program in the Plymouth Public Schools.
Groundbreaking work being done in Marshfield today! Hard to believe this dirt pile will one day be the site of our new police station.
Congratulations to the Marshfield Police Department, town officials and residents.
Building a better Marshfield began today.
Updating the Southeastern Massachusetts Detectives Association this morning on the current status of our court system. Plymouth District was one of the first courts in Massachusetts to hold a trial by jury.
Catching up with Mark Chaupetta for his new podcast.
Mark has many talents but by far the greatest of these is his love for his twin sons and his fight to find a cure for their Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Please join us in marking April as Massachusetts Victim Rights Month. Our victim witness advocates are committed and compassionate, and have supported thousands of victims and families to build up their strength, courage and resiliency. Proud of their work and dedication.
Sharing our work on Adverse Childhood Experiences and our office’s response during COVID-19.
We continue to adapt our methods so that our efforts will survive beyond the era of social distancing.
Thank you to Massachusetts MOVA for hosting this Zoom webinar.
Pleased to discuss the relaunch of our Handle With Care initiative.
We have made trauma sensitivity and education on Adverse Childhood Experiences a priority.
Our goal is to help every town in Plymouth County to become a Handle With Care community.
Phishing Scams in Depth…
It was great to see an in-person gathering for our Senior Safety Series with the Rochester Council on Aging!
Thanks to Director Lorraine Thompson for hosting, and guest Marjorie O’Brien.
Special thanks to Old Rochester Community TV for taping and airing our segment.
The Martin Institute at Stonehill College presents: Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Justice System
Informative evening discussing the important issue of when mental health intersects with the criminal justice system.
My thanks to Chief Justice Dawley and Stonehill College for hosting this event for students who can hopefully learn and build upon our efforts and effect change.
Senior Safety with District Attorney Tim Cruz, Carver COA, Plympton Carver TRIAD & Area 58 Media- Episode 4
“Recent Scams: The Brushing Scam and more”
Hosted by: Connie Kelly, Director of the Carver Council on Aging
Guests: Mary Vacca and Paul Kelly
Thanks to the generosity of our employees, today we were able to supply People Affecting Community Change in Brockton with attire for hire.
PACC will ensure this clothing is distributed to those searching for jobs, including those returning to work after being justice involved.
Touching base today with the Plymouth County Police Chiefs to discuss our newly created Conviction Integrity Unit.
The Conviction Integrity Unit was established to investigate claims of wrongful conviction or actual innocence.
Senior Safety Series today with the Hanson Council on Aging.
Our thanks to Director Mary Collins and guests Roberta Bartholdson and Linda Philbrick for helping us warn residents about elder financial abuse and exploitation.
On February 25, 2021- District Attorney Tim Cruz kicked off the relaunch of the Handle with Care Program across Plymouth County.
District Attorney Cruz and the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) first implemented the “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” model as a pilot program in the Brockton Public Schools in 2008.
The goal was two-fold:
- To treat the child victims and witnesses of violence by treating their exposure to adverse childhood experiences.
- To prevent the next generation of abusers.
District Attorney Cruz and members of his staff trained the West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice on the “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” model. In turn, the West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice used the training to develop the “Handle with Care” communication protocol to help schools better identify students with ACEs.
West Virginia first implemented “Handle with Care” at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School in Charleston, WV in 2013.
Prior to this relaunch, the Handle with Care Program has been utilized in a several of our school districts across Plymouth County, under various titles. This relaunch now brings a cohesive county-wide approach to this program.
The way the Handle with Care program works:
If a law enforcement officer encounters a child during a call, that child’s information is forwarded to the school before the school bell rings the next day. The school implements individual, class and whole school trauma-sensitive curricula so that traumatized children are “Handled With Care”. If a child needs more intervention, on-site trauma-focused mental healthcare is available at the school.
Senior Safety Series with Scituate today. Thanks to Linda Hayes, director of the town’s Council on Aging, Ann Mullen and Rene Katersky for helping us get important info to residents so that they don’t fall victim to scammers out to steal their personal and financial information.
District Attorney Cruz attended a virtual event hosted by the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
Thank you to Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and all those who worked hard to develop guidelines for law enforcement to identify human trafficking cases and get those being exploited resources and help.
As survivor Audrey Morrissey said, “If people didn’t sell people, people wouldn’t buy people.”
Today we taped our Senior Safety Series with the Wareham Council on Aging.
Our thanks to COA Director Missy Dziczek and guest Sharon Frank for rounding out our panel on
elder financial abuse and exploitation for today’s segment.
Gathering of the Plymouth County Anti-Trafficking Task Force Executive Committee today. Together we work to prosecute those who manipulate, abuse and sell human beings for profit, while working just as hard to provide access to trauma sensitive services to help victims recover.
Hosted by: Jennifer Young, Director of Elder Services, Hingham Senior Center
Guests: Joe Millburg and Scott Stevenson
Prom and grad season may look different this year but the message remains the same.
— Think clearly before you drive.
The Union Missionary Church will hand the blankets out to those in need living on the streets.
Thanks to Susie, Pastor Roberto Silveira and all those who gave of their time.
Pleased to report no incidences of persons shot in Brockton in January.
This is a welcomed trend as we continue to collaborate with our community partners.
Senior Safety Series today with the Duxbury Senior Center to talk about how COVID has impacted the DA’s Office and how we have adapted to keep operating in the courts and getting help to those with substance use disorders. Special thanks to our host, Joanne Moore and our guests for the segment, Candy Weiler and Marie Keefe.
Lots of COVID-19 updates from town officials in Plymouth today. Thank you for being innovative during these unsettled times and continuing the dialogue so that townspeople are informed and safe.
Zoom training at West Middle School in Brockton today so that educators are armed with the latest tools to help kids succeed.
Thank you Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative.
With Health Imperatives we sponsored a human trafficking training for more than 150 at Massasoit today. We mark the progress made to hold traffickers accountable and recognize and honor survivors and service providers that are working to prevent others from experiencing this
Presented by Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force, in partnership with the DEC Initiative
Meet the Author: Jarrett Krosoczka, was a free, virtual event on January 12th at 7:00 PM.
Jarrett Krosoczka is the award-winning author of “Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father and Dealt with Family Addiction”, a graphic memoir appropriate for ages 12 and up.
Event was geared towards:
• grandparents raising grandchildren
• school staff
• middle school librarians
The response to this event was overwhelmingly positive- organizers and participants agreed the presentation exceeded expectations. Here are some comments received about Jarrett Krosoczka’s presentation:
“Ok, that guy is amazing! I loved to hear about where he came from, and some of it brought me to tears. I just LOVED his demeanor, his candidness and his inspirational outlook, he broke the cycle!”
“Thank you very much for the webinar las tnight, I enjoyed it very much.”
“Awesome event last night!! I really enjoyed it!!”
“Fabulous program tonight! Thank you so very much!”
“It was awesome, thank you, by the end my 10 year old granddaughter was listening as well and is now wanting to read the book. Thank you.”
“Thank you for a fabulous event. I feel priveleged to have been able to attend.”