Events- 2006

Project Safe Childhood
National Conference

December 4-6, 2006

District Attorney Timothy Cruz,
also pictured, Frank Fina, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz was invited to speak at the 2006 Project Safe Childhood (PSC) national conference held in Washington, D.C. The conference was attended by over 1,000 members of law enforcement from across the nation.   District Attorney Cruz spoke about the need to keep children safe online.   He highlighted the importance of not only educating parents and children on the danger that the Internet can pose, but also pursuing the aggressive prosecution of online sexual predators.

Regina Schofield, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs;
Frank Fina, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
District Attorney Timothy Cruz and David Wallace, Mayor of Sugarland, Texas

Project Safe Childhood is a Department of Justice initiative which is designed to help law enforcement and community leaders to develop a coordinated strategy to prevent, investigate and prosecute sexual predators, abusers, and pornographers who target children, as well as educate parents and children on the importance of Internet safety.

White Ribbon Campaign signing
at the Brockton City Hall

November 21, 2006

On November 21st the Brockton Mayor James Harrington sponsored a White Ribbon Campaign signing at City Hall.   The Mayor encouraged male Brockton City employees and community members to take the White Ribbon Pledge, sign the banner and wear a White Ribbon to show their support of the initiative.   Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz, Mayor James Harrington and Bill McCoy from Brockton Family and Community Resources spoke at the event.

The Brockton Postmaster recognizes District Attorney Timothy Cruz
for his efforts to raise awareness about Domestic Violence

October 26, 2006

District Attorney Timothy Cruz, Mayor James Harrington,
and Postmaster Charles Williams

On October 26, 2006, Postmaster Charles Williams recognized District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz, Brockton Mayor James Harrington and Womansplace Crisis Center Advocate, Adrienne Lopez for their efforts in helping raise awareness about domestic violence.

A special "Stop Family Violence"semi-postal stamp was unveiled during the ceremony.

Each honoree, received a framed copy of the special edition stamp

Project Safe Neighborhoods Re-Integration Initiative

September 21, 2006

Members of law enforcement have come to recognize that in addition to targeting those committing gun crime on the streets, there is an obvious need to assist incarcerated individuals in successfully
re-integrating into communities and avoid repeat offending once they have completed their sentences.

The Re-Integration Initiative aims to stop violent behavior by connecting inmates prior to their release with service providers for mentoring, job training, employment, education, transitional housing, substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling.  Additionally during the panel discussions, inmates will be informed by state and federal prosecutors of the potential penalties they face should they choose to commit further acts of violence upon their release.

The Plymouth County Sheriff´s Department will select inmates for participation in the Re-Integration Initiative based on a number of criteria including their offense types, criminal history, age, address upon release, associations and contacts before, during and after incarceration, and links to violent incidents.

Participants in the Re-Integration Initiative panel will include: New England Aftercare Ministries´
Bridge House, Brockton Career Works, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Catholic Charities, Department of Revenue´s Child Support Enforcement Division, Gateway Program, Volunteers of America´s Hello House, HighPoint Treatment Center, Latin American Health Institute, Mainspring Coalition for the Homeless, Mass Rehabilitation Commission, Massasoit Community College,
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, North Cottage, Friend´s of Boston´s Homeless Project SOAR Transitional Housing Program, Brockton VA Hospital´s REACH Program, South Bay Mental Health Center, Stepping Stone, Inc., Sullivan House, Teen Challenge New England, Plymouth County Sheriff´s Department, U.S. Attorney´s Office, Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office, Brockton Police Department, Brockton Probation and Brockton Parole.

White Ribbon Campaign signing
was held at Duxbury High School

May 25, 2006

District Attorney Timothy Cruz and members of the Duxbury Student Council

Duxbury High School held their first White Ribbon Campaign signing.  Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz addressed the student body encouraging young men to speak out against violence against women

District Attorney Timothy Cruz taking the pledge

The White Ribbon was presented in two separate assemblies which included the Freshman through Senior classes.

Park Bench Dedication
and The Silent Witness Project, Plymouth, MA

April 23, 2006

District Attorney Timothy Cruz, dedicates a bench
for victims of Domestic Violence, in Plymouth

A dedication ceremony was held in Plymouth to dedicate a park bench with an inscription to honor the victims of Domestic Violence.   Included in the ceremony was a display of The Silent Witness Project as well as a candlelight vigil to honor and remember all victims of Domestic Violence in Plymouth County.

Plymouth Police Color Guard, and the Silent Witness Project

Park Bench Dedication
and The Silent Witness Project, Brockton, MA

April 24, 2006

District Attorney Timothy Cruz, dedicates a bench
for victims of Domestic Violence, in Brockton

A vigil took place in Brockton at the Crescent St. and Montello St. Park.   The memorial dedication placed a park bench with the same inscription to honor the lives lost and impacted by crime.   The theme of Victims Rights Week was strength and unity, emphasizing the efforts of victim services providers and the calling to communities to join together to assisting the survivors of crime.

White Ribbon Campaign signing
is held at Plymouth South High School

February 14th, 2006

Theresa Dorr and the student P.R.I.D.E. group coordinated their annual White Ribbon Campaign Signing.   Plymouth County District Attorney
Timothy J. Cruz, addressed the student body.

Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office
166 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301