The Community Prosecution and Training Bureau oversees all legal training for the Erie County District Attorney’s Office from the newest member to its most experienced prosecutor. Training for an Assistant District Attorney begins before their first day and continues throughout their career.
District Attorney Flynn established the bureau to manage all legal training for the office, which Deputy District Attorney Mara L. McCabe has led since its inception. The New York State Assembly and Senate passed a comprehensive criminal justice reform package relative to issues of bail, discovery, and speedy trial that became effective January 1, 2020. Prior to her appointment as Deputy District Attorney-Training, McCabe served as Chief of the bureau where she was responsible for implementing protocol and procedure changes within our office to comply with the newly enacted criminal justice legislation. She provided training for prosecutors and law enforcement in Erie County on bail, discovery and other reforms. She has also represented our office in statewide committees and community forums on the criminal justice reform legislation.
Outside of the office, this Bureau also coordinates legal training with local law enforcement agencies and the police academy.
The Community Prosecution and Training Bureau, led by Chief Danielle D'Abate, also 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. The office is also responsible for the investigation and prosecution of crime related to quality of life such as prosecuting landlords for lead paint violations.
The bureau also oversees Youth Part, which is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of crimes involving youth between ages 13 – 17 who have been charged with a felony offense. Chief D'Abate has collaborated with law enforcement and several community agencies to develop the Restorative Justice Youth Pilot Program and the Gun Violence Panel, programs for youth who are already involved in the criminal justice system and to deter other young people from engaging in criminal behavior.