Prevention Through Education
Kathleen believes that prosecutors have a responsibility not only to fight crime and target those who endanger our families, but also to prevent crime. She understands that at the root of sustainable long-term crime reduction is the education of communities on how they can best protect themselves. It’s not enough for a D.A. to react quickly to a crime and it’s not enough for prosecutors to be proactive in marshaling the resources at their disposal. Kathleen believes prosecutors must also be the public safety educators of communities so that families can be their own front line of defense against the traditional and modern threats that can compromise their physical and financial safety.
Since taking office in 2006, Kathleen has developed comprehensive community education programs targeting unsafe online and texting behavior by kids, drunk and distracted driving by teenagers, cyber security for seniors, and the dangers of heroin and prescription drug abuse in Nassau communities. Kathleen and prosecutors she has appointed have held sessions in more than 200 communities and schools since she launched her unprecedented “Public Safety University” programs.