2013

3/12 and 3/13/13 ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement) Training

Training for law enforcement on evaluating suspected drug impaired drivers.

 

3/18/13 Crisis Intervention Training

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office partners with other area agencies to provide training in crisis intervention for law enforcement.

 

4/25/13  Not Your Average Case:  Investigating Cases Involving Victims with Special Needs and the Elderly

Training for law enforcement and service providers on mandates, investigative techniques and interview strategies.   

 

10/29/13  Supervising Probationers Convicted of Computer Crimes

Training for probation officers on in-home searches in computer related crimes. 

 

2012

5/31/12 and 6/15/12 – Mandated Reporter Training for Educators:  Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

This workshop provided an overview of the role and responsibilities of a mandated reporter, tips for effective communication when gathering the minimal facts needed to file,  the role of a multidisciplinary team in child abuse investigations, and how these professionals work together to intervene, investigate and treat children who are victims of abuse. 

 

2011

11/4/11 – YOU Lead (Youth Leading Everywhere Abstaining from Drugs) Conference

Presented by MIAA, this was first time the program was offered in the Berkshires.  This innovative substance abuse prevention program provided students the opportunity to come together and meet other teens from across Berkshire County to discuss strategies for living a substance-free lifestyle.  The conference gave students support to share their concerns on issues impacting their lives and provided them with leadership skills to confidently use their voices to promote positive change.

 

9/28/11 – Continuing the Conversation: A Community Approach

The training, which built on past and current collaborative efforts to curb underage drinking in Berkshire County, was supported by a grant from the US Department of Justice through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

The conference brought together stakeholders in the lives of children to increase their understanding of the origins and impact of underage drinking and give them the strategies and skills to work together and respond consistently and uniformly to incidents of underage drinking.


5/11/11 – Bullying Law Update for Probation

Legal update on the Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law provided for members of the Massachusetts Probation Department. 


3/22/11 – More Than Sad:  Suicide Prevention

In collaboration with the Youth Suicide Prevention Program, this training for educators and school personnel in preventing teen suicide. 


2/15/11 – Technology Based Investigations

This training provided attendees with a greater understanding of crimes involving the internet, computers and cell phones, as well as appropriate investigative techniques to address these crimes. 

 

2010


10/22/10 – Leaving a Legacy of Hope:   Understanding and Responding to Peer Aggression

Exploring effective strategies to reduce bullying in our schools, particularly those which incorporate student voices in the prevention effort. 

 

6/2, 6/3, 6/7, 6/15, and 6/16/10 - Bullying Prevention Initiative

Trainings addressing the new Massachusetts anti-bullying law for school stakeholders committees


3/5/10 - Cyberbullying: Train the Trainer

Conference featuring Dr. Elizabeth Englander of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State College.

 

2009

10/28/09 - On the Home Front: Challenges in Assisting Returning Veterans and Their Families

This multi-disciplinary conference, sponsored by Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel and Soldier On, provided information for those who interact with veterans including law enforcement, emergency services providers, judiciary, attorneys, court personnel, nurses, social workers and school personnel with information regarding issues facing veterans and their families and co-workers.

9/17/09 - School Emergency Preparedness for Major Incidents

This conference, sponsored by the Massachusetts State Police, the Adams Police Department, and the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, provided information on emergency planning, assessing threats, and responding to critical incidents in our schools, with topics including hazardous materials, fire safety concerns, bomb threats and explosives, and school lock-downs.

6/30/09 - 2009 Child Abuse Conference: A Collaborative Approach to the Investigation of Serious Physical and Sexual Abuse

The training, sponsored by the Berkshire County Sexual Assault Investigation Network (SAIN) Team and the District Attorney's Office, focused on increasing the skills, knowledge, and readiness of community stakeholders in responding, reporting and investigating child abuse in Berkshire County, including attendees' individual responsibilities in the process and the importance of their roll in a multidisciplinary approach to child abuse cases.
 

4/28/09 - Preventing Underage Drinking: A Community Approach

The training, which built on past and current collaborative efforts to curb underage drinking in Berkshire County, was supported by a grant from the US Department of Justice through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

The conference brought together stakeholders in the lives of children to increase their understanding of the origins and impact of underage drinking and give them the strategies and skills to work together and respond consistently and uniformly to incidents of underage drinking.
 

1/13/09 - Understanding and Dealing with Violence in Our Schools

The forum, a collaboration between the Berkshire District Attorney's Office and the Austen Riggs Center, offered juvenile justice professionals and educators an opportunity to hear from one another about the challenges they face in dealing with violence among school age children.

2008

2/7/08 - Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission: Liquor Control Act and
Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory: DNA Collection Training

This day-long conference provided Berkshire County law enforcement with dual training opportunities by combining presentations by the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission and the Massachusetts State Police.

The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission presentation educated law enforcement on the Liquor Control Act, compliance checks, and recognizing false identification and other fraudulent documentation

The Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory trained participants on proper DNA collection procedures, certifying more than 60 law enforcement officers throughout Berkshire County to perform a critical task in collecting evidence for criminal investigations.

6/4/08 - Juvenile Justice School Violence Forum

Panel members including representatives from law enforcement, education, mental health, and probation discussed strategies and identified resources to combat violence in our schools and community.

9/8/08 - Bullying Prevention in Schools: Empowering the Bystander

Stan Davis, author and expert on bullying prevention

Stan Davis' second training in the Berkshires integrated research, practical experience, specific techniques, storytelling, and audience participation in a day-long training to assist schools in their efforts to combat bullying and harassment. The training focused on empowering bystanders with staff-based strategies and classroom-based strategies to help build schools where everyone belongs.

Teachers, staff and administrators from 52 schools in Berkshire County attended this well-received training.

9/25/08 - Open Meeting Law and Public Records Law Training

The Public Records Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth joined with the Berkshire District Attorney's Office co-sponsoring a training session on the Open Meeting Law and the Public Records Law for municipal boards and public officials from throughout Berkshire County. The training provided a summary of the laws as they apply to governmental bodies and municipal officials and included discussion on the impact of electronic communications such as e-mail and electronic records storage. Representatives of more than 30 boards and commissions from throughout Berkshire County attended this important training.