Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin Honored for Innovation in Law Enforcement

May 31, 2023

PDAA congratulates Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, who was recently awarded the “Law Enforcement Innovation and Leadership Excellence” award by the Citizens Crime Commission of the Delaware Valley.

This was the first presentation of the award at the 42nd annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day luncheon at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia.  

Martin has served more than 25 years as district attorney. He has sought to use new technologies and collaborate with community organizations to increase the effectiveness of law enforcement in the region. Specifically, Martin was recognized for his development of the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center (RIIC), which began operations in 2013.

The RIIC integrates data from all police departments in Lehigh County as well as data from neighboring Northampton County. The center includes dozens of local, state and federal databases in one electronic crime-fighting resource, which has assisted in the investigation of numerous crimes and has dramatically enhanced the ability of law enforcement agencies to solve crimes. The center is directed by Julia Kocis, who manages the center’s personnel and consultants from Computer Aid Inc. 

“I am honored to have received this recognition from the Citizens Crime Commission of the Delaware Valley and accept it also on behalf of Julia Kocis, Director of the RIIC, and our partners at Computer Aid Inc. Both have contributed greatly to the success of the center and to law enforcement in the Lehigh Valley,” Martin said.