In an effort to enhance the communication and cooperation between The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana (USAO, EDLA) and the parishes within the District, our Office and U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite believes that community outreach is an integral part of the problem-solving and crime prevention strategies essential for crime reduction and public safety.
The community outreach strategy enables the USAO, EDLA to engage directly with neighborhood associations, faith-based agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local residents to develop positive relationships with federal, state and local law enforcement and judicial agencies, with the ultimate goal to collaborate on strategies to defend the interests and rights of our citizens.
Staff members from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana routinely attend meetings throughout the community to share its mission and vision and offer programming designed to educate the public on a myriad of crime prevention topics. Programs consist of specially designed programs with goals to increase community participation in the criminal justice system and to educate citizens about how they can avoid becoming victims of crime. Programs include:
Youth Presentations on Cyber Crimes, Dating Abuse, and Crime Prevention for “at risk” youth.
Town hall meetings include the following community stakeholders:
- Faith Based communities
- Neighborhood Associations
- Social Service Providers
- Educational Institutions
- Law Enforcement/Judicial Institutions
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana makes a concerted effort to engage, through a variety of venues, members of the Muslim community and first generation immigrant in discussions that directly affect the quality of life of this diverse population of district.
USALAE representative serves as a representative for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana for the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services and community partners representing the targeted areas.
The mission of each NOPD Police Community Advisory Board (PCAB) is to develop and maintain a partnership with the New Orleans Police Department for the purpose of engaging in a collaborative problem-solving process that supports both the community and the police department’s desire to enhance public safety.
The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention is a network of communities and federal agencies that work together, share information and build local capacity to prevent and reduce youth violence.
Community Outreach Collaborations/Partnerships consist of ongoing presentations regarding crime prevention and victim services with a focus on Project Safe Childhood and Project Safe Neighborhood types of initiatives.
The USAO, EDLA Community Outreach/Law Enforcement Team monitors various sites, such as www.grants.gov and Bureau of Justice Assistance to keep abreast of DOJ grant opportunities and provide information about those opportunities to state, local, tribal, and non-governmental partners. For further information see the Department of Justice website http://www.justice.gov/business/.