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2016

PA District Attorneys Recommend Independent Investigations of Officer Involved Shootings PDAA Issues First in the Nation Best Practices Guidelines for Police Shootings

HARRISBURG, PA -- The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) today recommended that officer-involved shootings should be investigated by an independent agency and that the local District Attorney should provide the public with a written report following the completion of the investigation. The recommendations are part of 16 guidelines established by association’s Best Practices Committee dealing with processing, investigating and communicating

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Officer Involved Shooting Guidelines to be Released by Pennsylvania District Attorneys

HARRISBURG, PA -- The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) tomorrow will announce recommendations that represent best practices in processing, investigating and communicating determinations made in officer-involved shootings. These recommendations are believed to be the first statewide guidelines for prosecutors produced in the United States. The recommendations will be sent out via video news release on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The district

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Luzerne County DA Stefanie Salavantis Elected to PDAI Board of Directors

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI) announced today that Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie J. Salavantis was elected to fill vacancies on its board of directors. The PDAI board approved her nomination unanimously during its fall meeting. “The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute provides high-quality professional training for prosecutors and law enforcement to ensure integrity in the work we

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Lancaster County DA Craig Stedman Elected to PDAA Executive Committee

Harrisburg, PA –The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) announced today that Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman was elected to its executive committee. His nomination was approved unanimously during the PDAA executive committee’s fall meeting.  Since 2012, Stedman has served on the Board of Directors of the association’s education and training arm, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute. “The Pennsylvania District Attorneys

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PA District Attorneys Laud Passage of Bill that Makes Strangulation a Stand Alone Crime and Felony

HARRISBURG, PA – District Attorneys throughout Pennsylvania lauded new legislation that makes strangulation a stand-alone crime and a felony offense.  House Bill 1581 has passed the House and Senate and will be sent to the governor to be signed into law.  The bill makes it a crime to intentionally or knowingly impede another person’s breathing or circulation by applying pressure

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Testimony of David Freed Cumberland County District Attorney Communications Chair, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association Before the House Human Services Committee Regarding HB 1692, Involuntary Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Good Morning. My name is Dave Freed, District Attorney of Cumberland County. I am also a Past President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and currently serve as its Communications Chair. On behalf of my colleagues at the PDAA, thank you very much for the opportunity to testify today about HB 1692, legislation which we support. I don’t need to remind anyone

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PDAA Best Practices Committee Announces Eyewitness Identification Integrity Guidelines

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association’s Best Practices Committee today announced guidelines to assist law enforcement in conducting neutral, fair, and reliable identification procedures. The recommendations are expected to serve as model procedures that can be used accordingly based on the individual needs of the state’s 67 counties and over 1,000 law enforcement agencies. “Our Best Practices Committee was created

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Lebanon Co. DA David Arnold Takes Over as PDAA President

HARRISBURG, PA – Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) today announced that Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold has assumed the office of president, following Risa Vetri Ferman’s installation as Judge of Montgomery County. Arnold has been serving the association as vice president since July 2015. He will serve as president for the remainder of the business year and is expected

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