It is of great importance to District Attorney John Flynn that his office fosters and maintains positive relationships with the communities it serves. Chief Danielle D’Abate is head of the office's Community Prosecution & Training Bureau and serves as the primary liaison between the DA’s Office and the residents of Erie County. Chief D’Abate is responsible for attending block club meetings and other community engagement forums to answer questions and gather information on constituent concerns. She coordinates volunteer opportunities for the office, including organizing school supply drives, serving hot meals to those in-need during the holidays, and participating in beautification projects at municipal housing complexes, etc.
DA Flynn created the Police Liaison Program wherein an Assistant District Attorney is assigned to each police department in Erie County. The primary purpose of this program is to provide general legal assistance and training to each department. In February 2018, the District Attorney created a similar program for schools. Through the ECDA School Critical Incident Initiative, an ADA has been assigned to each public school district in Erie County to ensure a fast, comprehensive investigative response to any circumstance that presents a threat of harms to students, staff or school property. Additionally, Assistant District Attorneys participate in community outreach efforts in their assigned jurisdiction.
It is the goal of the Erie County District Attorney’s Office to be transparent and to keep the community well informed about high-profile court cases and other criminal matters. Kaitlyn Munro serves as the Public Information Officer who is responsible for responding to all media inquiries, disseminating information to the public, and managing social media platforms for the office.
If you are member of the media who would like to request information about a case or would like to request an interview with District Attorney John Flynn, please contact Kaitlyn Munro at 716-858-2529 or by e-mail to Kaitlyn.Munro@erie.gov.