Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Law Day, USA was created by a proclamation by President Dwight D.
Eisenhower, on May 1, 1958.
It was established to honor and respect the role that law has played in the
foundation of our country. On May 1st of each year, citizens of the United States are offered the
opportunity to reflect and pay tribute to the importance that law has had on our society.
The theme of Law Day 2013:
"Realizing the Dream: Equality for All"
Children´s Advocacy Center
3rd Annual Open House
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office and the Plymouth County Children´s Advocacy Center introduced the Public Awareness Campaign of "One With Courage",
in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
One with courage is a national campaign that focuses on the courage it takes to talk about
child sexual abuse and the unique role Children´s Advocacy Centers
play in providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to child victims of abuse.
Indian Head School-Mock Trial
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
photo courtesy of the Hanson Police Department
Students at the Indian Head School in Hanson Massachusetts participated in a mock trial about bullying.
The auditorium at the school was transformed into a courtroom. The students in the fifth grade had a chance to see
firsthand, the consequences of bullying others.
The Mock Trial Programs from the District Attorney´s Office have reached thousands of students throughout Plymouth County. They have
been praised by administrators and teachers for their no nonsense approach, their factual and thought provoking material,
and for the reality they bring to children faced with hard decisions during their most formative years.
The decisions and choices our children make will shape their lives for years to come. These programs place emphasis on the legal consequences that can be
expected if the wrong decisions are made. The programs have shown to be effective drug prevention tools, and effective anti-bullying tools.
Knowledge is essential in making the students aware of the consequences of drug and alcohol use, and of bullying. Education about drugs, alcohol,
and bullying, provide the knowledge children need to make wise decisions and healthy choices.
Hingham High School-Mock Trial
Social Host Law
Thursday, March 14, 2013
photo courtesy of the Hingham Police Department
The Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office and the Hingham Police Department presented a mock trial to teach students about the
dangers of alcohol.
District Attorney Tim Cruz and Hingham Police Chief Mike Peraino addressed the students prior to the start of the program.
The presentation was designed to help students make the right decision and to understand that actions do indeed have consequences.
The program, organized by School Resource Officer Tom Ford informed the students about the
Social Host Law, and showed them first hand what the consequences
could be if the wrong decisions were made.
Child Abuse Investigations:
Advanced Techniques for Law Enforcement
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Bridgewater State University
The Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office conducted a seminar on advanced techniques in child abuse investigations for law enforcement officials.
The training focused on all aspects of child abuse cases, from inception to trial. Topics included the best approach to use when interviewing a child who has been sexually abused,
gathering different types of corroborating evidence and trial preparation.
"Keeping Kids Safe"
A Public Forum
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Pembroke Public Library
District Attorney Timothy Cruz served on a panel at a public forum on "Keeping Kids Safe". The forum, hosted by
Representative Josh Cutler helped to educate families about ways in which we can keep our children safe.
Topics of discussion included bullying, school safety, sex offenders, child gun violence,substance abuse and mental health issues.
The forum was free and open to the public.
Benefit for Children´s Miracle Network Hospitals©
National Pancake Day 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Since 2006, IHOP has raised nearly $11 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. On February 5, 2013,
District Attorney Tim Cruz, Sheriff Joe McDonald and Plymouth Police Chief Mike Boteiri were invited to join IHOP General Manager Alan Wright, to celebrate National Pancake
Day at the IHOP Restaurant in Plymouth, MA.
Customers were treated to a stack of free pancakes. A donation to the Children´s Miracle Network Hospitals© was encouraged and appreciated.
The Children´s Miracle Network Hospitals© raises funds for 170 children´s hospitals across our nation. All donations received stay in
the community to help local children.
Helping Traumatized Children:
Learn and Succeed in School & the Community
Monday, January 28, 2013
Youth Health Connection hosted a seminar to raise awareness of the prevalence of childhood trauma in our society.
District Attorney Timothy Cruz, Joel Ristuccia, M.Ed., Certified School Psychologist from the Massachusetts Advocates for Children Trauma and Policy
Learning Institute, Harvard Law School and Edward G. Jacoubs, MSW, Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs, Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office were invited to make
presentations to the seminar attendees.
Youth Health Connection brings together community resources that influence the lives of children and families. Through collaboration, connection, communication,
and coalition building YHC works to collectively make a positive difference in the mental health and physical well being of children, teens and parents to reduce
risk and increase resiliency. YHC was founded in 1994 and continues to grow and develop its mission and reach.
Public Safety Forum
Plymouth Public Schools
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Plymouth Public Schools, in conjunction with the Plymouth Police, Fire, and Emergency Operations Departments,
sponsored a Public Safety Forum. Representatives of the district´s Safety Committee provided the community with an overview of the Plymouth Public school system´s
emergency preparedness plans and support services. District Attorney Cruz, emergency personnel and members of the school and district administration addressed those in attendance.