The Neighborhood Prosecutor program was introduced in 2010 as part of PPD's comprehensive enhancement of Community Policing services. Based upon the premise that many chronic public safety problems cannot be alleviated through traditional criminal prosecution, the Neighborhood Prosecutor develops targeted strategies to effect long-term change . A misdemeanor conviction rarely results in more than a slap on the wrist and is unlikely to change behavior. Instead, the Neighborhood Prosecutor employs a wide-range of legal intervention strategies and legal remedies extant to the criminal code to address public safety challenges.
From graffiti and illegal dumping to dangerous dogs and chronic disorderly properties, the Neighborhood Prosecutor is at the forefront in the fight against some of the most persistent, troubling quality of life and crime problems in the City.