District Attorney's Initiatives
District Attorney Phillips regularly addresses students as part of his School Safety Initiative. He is seen speaking to students at the Mechanicstown Elementary School.
District Attorney Phillips has implemented various initiatives to enhance public safety and improve the services provided to all the citizens of Orange County. These initiatives include:
- 2008: Creation of the Office of Orange County Medical Examiner
- 2007: Creation of a Computer Crimes Unit
- 2006: Creation of Joint Crimes Unit
- 2005: Project Impact/Operation Cease Fire. This program is directed at criminal activity in Eastern Orange County. The District Attorney, in partnership with the City of Newburgh, Town of Newburgh, and Town of New Windsor Police Departments is directing resources at targeted crimes in these three communities. Additional support is provided by the New York State Police, Troop F, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, and other outside agencies.
- 2004: Community Prosecution Initiative. This program includes three separate Drug Treatment Courts in the cities of Newburgh, Middletown, and Port Jervis, and Restorative Justice programs throughout the Local Court system. One aspect of restorative justice is the Women’s Enrichment Program. This program provides support and counseling for women who face criminal charges in order to enable them to become productive members of society. The “John’s School” program is required for all defendants charged with patronizing prostitutes. This program is a deterrent effort directed at those who patronize prostitutes.
- 2003: Special Victims Unit created.
- 2002: Orange County Drug Court implemented.
- 2001: District Attorney’s Gang Task Force established.
- 2000: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. This program was created in partnership between Horton Hospital and the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.
- 1999: School Safety Initiative. A cooperative effort with Orange-Ulster BOCES, and all Orange County School Superintendents, to formulate safety policies. This initiative involved cooperation with the New York State Police and the Orange County Chiefs of Police Association.
- 1998: Police Training Program. Provides county funds to enhance police training through educational programs.
- 1997: Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit. Expanded services to victims of domestic violence included an Assistant District Attorney, Victim Advocate and specialized Probation Officer.
- 1996: Urban Task Force initiative. Expanded the level of prosecution services to the City Courts of Middletown and Newburgh.
- 1995: Domestic Violence Prosecutor position created.
- 1994: Major Crimes Response Team. This expanded the existing 24 hour on-call system. Anytime there is a major crime the District Attorney’s Office responds with a minimum of two Assistant District Attorneys and two Investigators to assist police and coordinate efforts.
- 1993: Child Sex Crimes Prosecution and Investigative Unit. Created as a result of a grant program to include prosecutors, police, and social services case workers.