Looking Back DISTRICT ATTORNEY GIVES A YEAR-END REVIEW
BY ANNE MARIE SCHUBERT COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
s I begin my second year as district attorney, I am proud to look back at what our office has accomplished during my first year. Working across a number of bureaus, divisions, special units, teams and prevention programs, we have implemented a number of changes and new initiatives to better serve the citizens of this county. The following are highlights of what we have done in the past year.
IN THE COURTROOM We have successfully prosecuted cases across all units, including homicides, gangs and hate crimes, career criminals, child abuse, sexual assaults, domestic violence, human trafficking, elder abuse, major narcotics, insurance fraud, public integrity, consumer and environmental protection cases, and misdemeanors. Some of the cases have attracted public interest, including the convictions of Ryan Roberts for the murder of 13-year-old Jessica FunkHaslam, Amandeep Dhami for the Sikh Temple festival shooting death of Parmjit Singh, former Sacramento
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A Community Prosecution Unit working along the American River Parkway
police officer Gary Dale Baker for multiple sexual assaults against a woman in her 70s, and Kenneth Anderson for the brutal sexual assault of a Subway female co-worker.
FOCUSED EFFORTS With the surge in Internet crimes, we formed the Cyber Crimes Unit. This unit prosecutes crimes committed against children through the Internet or social media, and those who possess or traffic child pornography. It also handles financial crimes committed through computer devices.
I introduced our new Community & Government Relations Unit in the beginning of the year. This unit brought all of the officeâ€™s community and legislative outreach efforts under one umbrella. CGR has since developed new programs and taken a proactive role in shaping laws that affect public safety.
PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS The first new program launched was our Speakers Bureau, which matches members of our office with organizations requesting to learn about the criminal justice system.
There are more than 135 staff members and 35 topics available. As of Dec. 1, 2015, we have had 50 speakers present to a variety of groups across the county. We were able to bring several more programs to the community by expanding our partnership with our law enforcement, academic and community partners. The District Attorneyâ€™s Youth Academy is a partnership with the Sacramento County Sheriff, Probation and Sacramento Police Department. Students learn about the criminal justice system and engage in open communication with law enforcement. The program started in October with