Photo Courtesy of DA Katz’s Office
“Throughout years of public service here in Queens, I’ve learned that trust comes from building close relationships in all parts of the borough,” said DA Katz, seen here chatting with City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.
By Forum Staff
District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Tuesday the creation of eight advisory councils that, according to Katz, will enhance communications between her office and the various communities that comprise Queens.
Katz said she expects each community advisory council to consist of 45-50 members who will share information and observations, particularly about crimes that are underreported to the police, such as scams and frauds that may go un-reported because of immigration fears. Each council will meet at least once before the end of 2020 and will have a regular set schedule for 2021. Due to COVID-19, the initial meetings will be virtual, Katz noted.
The following Community Advisory Councils have already been formed: the African-American Advisory Council; the Clergy Advisory Council; the East Asian Advisory Council; the Jewish Advisory Council; the Labor Advisory Council; the Latino Advisory Council; the LGBTQ Advisory Council and the South Asian Advisory Council.
“This is a time when people want to feel safe and that starts by enhancing trust in law enforcement and the justice system,” Katz said. “Throughout years of public service here in Queens, I’ve learned that trust comes from building close relationships in all parts of the borough.”
The DA added that additional councils could be formed in the near future, as needed.
“I am determined to open the doors of the office to the communities of Queens, invite them in, hear their concerns and make sure they know our office.”