DA’s Office Reports To Rockaway Community
By Miriam Rosenberg
“We now have a fully staffed domestic violence bureau,” said Sligh, who explained that race, economics or other types of boundaries play no role in who commits, or who are the victims of, these types of crimes.
Although there are times that a victim does not want to prosecute, “when children are involved and a life is endangered we can arrest an individual due to the fact that a child’s welfare is involved,” Sligh said. “If we can stop this kind of violence, maybe we can stop the assaults and homicides that go with it.”
The Queens District Attorney’s Office is now partnered with the borough president’s office on educating people on the subject.
The Special Victims Bureau handles cases concerning abuse of the elderly by such people as caretakers, children and grandchildren. The bureau also works on cases of child abuse.
Other matters for The Special Victims Bureau are terrorism and Identity Theft.
“We worked with a task force that revamped the ID procedures at JFK Airport,” mentioned Sligh, who pointed out that as a result of 9/11 they monitor such things as possible ID theft more closely.
Sligh said that people should protect their ID, shred all documents and be careful to whom they give personal information.
“While we are trying to do the right thing, others are doing double to bilk you out of your money,” he said.
Because so many crimes occur on the Internet, Sligh pointed out that care must be taken on the net as well. Those who are committing financial crimes, as well as adult predators of children use the net to lure their victims.
In addition to crimes covered by the Domestic Violence and Special Victims Bureaus, quality of life issues still are a big concern to the office.
“Quality of life issues are still important to us,” said Sligh. “Most of you will be impacted by drug activity, graffiti…[which] affects property value. We want to make sure we prosecute people in the area of quality of life.”
Calling it a partnership, Sligh encouraged those at the meeting to continue working with their precincts and his office.
“It is important for people to talk and share what is happening in their community [with their precincts] and our office,” said Sligh, who also suggested that community members write District Attorney Brown directly if they want.
“DA Brown reads everything sent to him,” concluded Sligh. “If you write him, he will read it.”
Sligh also announced that as always, the District Attorney’s office will be assigning liaisons to work with the precinct community councils in the Rockaways.