Biography of District Attorney Cruz

AWARDS | COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz is a tough, experienced prosecutor who is dedicated to seeking justice for victims and protecting the public from the criminals who would do them harm.

Over the last 12 years he has aggressively investigated and prosecuted the criminal activity that threatens the safety of our children, our neighborhoods and our community.

Under Cruz´s leadership the District Attorney´s Office has also worked tirelessly to reduce crime through education and community based prevention programs.

Tim Cruz has been a lawyer for 29 years.   Cruz began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Plymouth County in 1985.   As an Assistant District Attorney, Cruz prosecuted thousands of criminal cases.   In 1989, he left the District Attorney´s Office and entered private practice.   He worked briefly for a law firm in Boston before opening the Brockton law firm of Cruz, Horan & Sorrenti, P.C.   In 1996, Cruz opened his own law practice and he worked in the courthouses throughout Plymouth County until his appointment as District Attorney.   In November 2001, he was appointed District Attorney by Governor Jane Swift to succeed former District Attorney Michael Sullivan, who became the United States Attorney in the fall of 2001.   Cruz was elected District Attorney in 2002 and was re-elected to a full four-year term in November 2006.

As District Attorney, Cruz and his staff have aggressively prosecuted crime in Plymouth County.
Every day, working closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, he and his staff have taken guns, drugs, violent felons, sex offenders, and drunk drivers off the streets and out of neighborhoods.   Cruz has also increased law enforcement suppression efforts and proactive violence prevention initiatives.   Strategies implemented by District Attorney Cruz include the vertical prosecution of violent gun cases from high crime neighborhoods, participation in the Reentry Program at the Plymouth House of Correction to dissuade inmates from recidivist criminal activity upon release, and a partnership with the Brockton Police Department to install ShotSpotter, a gunshot audio detection system aimed at enhancing the detection of, and rapid response to, firearms violence in the community.

District Attorney Cruz and the prosecutors and victim advocates in the Family Protection Unit have worked tirelessly to protect children.   He established the first public/private partnership in Massachusetts by initiating the Plymouth County Children Advocacy Center with BAMSI.   The Advocacy Center is an invaluable resource for victims of child abuse throughout Plymouth County.

District Attorney Cruz is also a strong supporter of proactive prevention initiatives.

He and his staff have presented drug and alcohol education programs for students, parents and educators in order to help children to avoid the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.   His office has also conducted comprehensive internet safety presentations in schools across the county and his Internet Crimes Unit has prosecuted online sexual predators and peddlers of child pornography.

As District Attorney, Tim Cruz proposed legislation that closed loopholes in the law regarding the civil commitment of sexually dangerous persons.   Cruz has served as a member of the Victim and Witness Assistance Board, the Department of Corrections Advisory Council, the Governor´s Council on Capital Punishment, and the Forensic Technology Subcommittee of the Governor´s Commission on Criminal Justice Innovation.   Cruz has also served two terms as the elected President of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association.

Mr. Cruz, 54 years old, is a graduate of the Boston College and Suffolk Law School.   He lives in Marshfield with his wife Rose Marie, and his two sons, Tim and Alex.




AWARDS



Exceptional Leadership, Covanta Energy - October 24, 2013
  • District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz and Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr., were recognized for exceptional leadership in protecting local residents and the environment from the improper disposal of drugs.


2010 Excellence in Public Service Award,  BAMSI - March 18, 2010
  • District Attorney Timothy Cruz received the Excellence in Public Service Award for his innovative strategies to reduce violent crimes in Plymouth County, along with his highly successful partnership with BAMSI through the Plymouth County Children´s Advocacy Center.


District Attorney Tim Cruz is Honored as a White Ribbon Champion - March 2, 2010
  • On March 2, 2010 in celebration of the third annual statewide White Ribbon Day at the Statehouse, District Attorney Cruz was named one of the few White Ribbon Day Champions for the year and asked to lead the hall in the recitation of the White Ribbon Day pledge.


  • Along with his participation in the State House event, the District Attorney has been a White Ribbon Day Ambassadors since the statewide day began three years ago.   Being a White Ribbon Day Ambassador means the District Attorney has joined the statewide campaign to serve as an example to others.

  • The District Attorney has been serving as an example to others in his own county for the past ten years as the co-chair to the Plymouth County White Ribbon Campaign.   The District Attorney shares this position with the Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald Jr.


2009 Community Service Award,  Massachusetts Bar Association - December 10, 2009
  • District Attorney Timothy Cruz was named this year´s Community Service Recipient, in recognition of his service as District Attorney and for the contributions that he has made to his community.    The honor was presented at a reception held at Thorny Lea Golf Club, in Brockton, MA.


District Attorney Tim Cruz named "Gala Star Honoree" - September, 2007
  • District Attorney Timothy Cruz was named this year´s Gala Honoree, in recognition of his support for the Boys and Girls Club.    The honor was presented at the Boys and Girls Club´s annual "Evening under the Stars Gala".


Verizon Wireless has recognized District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz and the Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office, with a "HopeLine® Hero" Award - May, 2007
  • Verizon Wireless has recognized the Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office, led by Timothy J. Cruz, with a "HopeLine® Hero" award for their tremendous support of the company´s program to support survivors of domestic violence.


  • The Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider through phone drives and at Communications Stores nationwide.   Phones that can be refurbished are sold and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.   Proceeds are used to provide wireless phones, airtime and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.


2nd Annual Ally Award, The ALLY Foundation - August, 2004
  • The ALLY Foundation was established in memory of Alexandra Zapp.   Its mission is to prevent opportunities for violent sex offences, to educate the public, and advocate for necessary changes in culture, attitude and legal policy.


Outstanding Local Prosecutor´s Office, 2004 Project Safe Neighborhoods Achievement Awards, United States Department of Justice - June, 2004
  • Project Safe Neighborhood is President Bush´s comprehensive initiative to combat gun crime in America by providing locally-based programs with the tools and resources they need to succeed.


Community Service Award for 2003, Brockton Housing Authority - February, 2004
  • In recognition of exemplary service to the citizens of Plymouth County and in appreciation for continuous commitment to the safety and education of all our children.



COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT



The District Attorney has worked to reduce violent crime, particularly the violent gun crime that has plagued this community.   District Attorney Cruz works with the US Attorney's Office on a national firearm violence effort - Project Safe Neighborhoods.

This initiative focuses on reducing firearm violence in this community through targeted enforcement and prevention programs.   The targeted enforcement includes working with the Brockton Police Impact Shift, state and federal investigators to remove repeat firearm offenders from this community for as long as possible.

Additionally, the District Attorney has used technology advances to improve this investigation and prosecution of criminals.   These include surveillance cameras, an offender data base accessed remotely by laptop computers, cell phone connections directly from the police investigators 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, night vision binoculars, and crime mapping used to focus law enforcement resources on the locations where the crime data indicates an increase in activity.

The prevention programs include the implementation of Project Ceasefire, a program designed to encourage at-risk youths to avoid the pitfalls of the criminal lifestyle, and to take advantage of the numerous programs offered by committed agencies citywide.

The District Attorney, working through the Brockton Blueprint Coalition, has also been instrumental in the development of Brockton's Promise, a youth development framework that champions all youth and works for system change to most effectively meet their needs.

Working with the Brockton Police Department , Brockton Public Schools, and several mental health agencies, the District Attorney has been instrumental in identifying and addressing the large number of children who are victimized or witness violence within their homes and communities.   To this end, he has developed a county-wide Child Advocacy Center to assist in providing children and families who are victimized by violence and sexual abuse with much needed services.

The District Attorney is also developing partnerships with our schools to provide safe and secure environments by addressing the issue of Internet safety, bullying, drugs, alcohol abuse, and school threats.

Recently, working with the Sheehan Foundation, the District Attorney secured funds to continue the Brockton Housing Authority´s After School Program.





Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office
32 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301
508-584-8120