Albany District Attorney David Soares left the State Capitol for the Nation's Capitol Tuesday. Our Washington Bureau reporter Erin Billups has more on his D.C. visit.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House of Representatives may be on recess this week, but their staffs are not, so Albany's District Attorney David Soares joined several other prosecutors from around the country to brief congressional staffers on a new report they penned as part of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
The report, called the "Prosecutor's Policy Guide: A Roadmap to Innovation," is part of a series of publications on best practices in the trade, developed for prosecutors around the country. They also hope it will be used by lawmakers as a guide when creating legislation geared toward the criminal justice system.
Soares talked about efforts underway in his office to strengthen the relationship between the community and law enforcement in Albany. All experience he says was used to help compile information in the policy guide.
"It helps the community in knowing that, first of all, they have a prosecutor who's just not interested in reacting to crimes, is more interested in preventing crimes from occurring and also in being an agent of change and understanding that we are part of a solution as opposed to just reacting to the problem," Soares said.
Soares is currently facing a competitive re-election fight against Lee Kindlon a defense attorney and former military prosecutor.
While Kindlon has said Soares lacks the experience in the courtroom to run an effective office, Soares says Tuesday’s congressional staff briefing is just one example of others looking to the Albany DA's office as a model.
Soares says he's hoping to see more help, funding from Washington to help them do more on prevention end of crime fighting.