FROM:
Marc Buller, Assistant District Attorney   CONTACT PERSON:
Matt Harris, Deputy District Attorney
Community Prosecutions Unit
(408) 792-2581   For Release on August 18, 2003   THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE COMMUNITY PROSECUTIONS UNIT IS PARTNERING WITH THE CAMPBELL POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH TO PRESENT A FAMILY SAFETY FAIR AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN CAMPBELL   On Saturday August 23, 2003, from 9:00am till 12:00pm, members of the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office Community Prosecutions and Elder Fraud Units will present seminars at a Family Safety Fair at the First Baptist Church in Campbell. Members of the District Attorneys Office will give presentations to parents regarding Child Internet Safety and Elder Fraud. The District Attorney’s Office will also provide parents with a free Child ID Kit that includes a photograph, DNA sample and set of fingerprints of their children.  The presentations are part of an ongoing series of community service activities provided by the District Attorney's Office through its Community Prosecutions Unit.   Members of the Campbell Police Department detective bureau will provide seminars on how to protect yourself from Identity Theft and Home Burglary.  A representative from Child Quest International will present a safety video for elementary-school-aged children entitled “Milk Carton, The Way back Home,” and field questions about child safety issues.   The fair activities and speakers will begin at 9:00 a.m.  The presentations will last approximately 30-45 minutes.  The 9:00 a.m. seminar will be on Child Internet Safety followed by Elder Fraud, ID Theft, and finally Home Burglary Protection. The Milk Carton video will be presented to kids at least twice during the morning to allow parents a chance to participate in the other seminars.   The event is being sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Campbell and will include free hot dogs and snacks as well as fun events such as kids karoke, face painting and other games.  The Santa Clara County Fire Department is going to be on hand with a fire engine and other equipment and will be teaching kids fire- safety techniques.   The District Attorney’s Community Prosecution Program places prosecutors in local communities where they work together with local citizens, businesses, and government agencies to reshape community conditions specific to local crime problems. Community Prosecutors review cases generated in their districts and become familiar with crime patterns. They are quicker to recognize trends, changes, and local concerns. By becoming familiar with the patterns, they can critically examine the conditions that allow crime to occur. Then, in collaboration with other stakeholders in the neighborhood, they can develop problem-solving strategies that can target and change those conditions. The goal is to improve the quality of life and make our neighborhoods safe.   The District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the City of Campbell Police Department, has assigned Deputy District Attorney Matt Harris to be the Community Prosecutor for Campbell and the West Valley Area. Since being assigned to Campbell, Mr. Harris has been involved in a variety of projects including acting as a legal consultant for the police on white-collar, identity theft, sexual assault, check- kiting and burglary cases.  He brings together county and city resources to tackle unusual problems involving environmental crimes and code enforcement.   

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