District Attorney’s Advisory Council (D.A.A.C.)
The District Attorney’s Advisory Council (D.A.A.C.) was established in 1967 by community leaders and concerned members in the community as a liaison between the residents of Onondaga County and the District Attorney. The Council serves at the discretion of the District Attorney. It’s purpose is:
- To increase the level of knowledge and understanding of its members on matters relating to crime prevention and criminal justice in Onondaga County.
- Disseminate to the community information and knowledge through educational programs, and strive to increase a level of awareness and concern on subjects relating to crime prevention and criminal justice in Onondaga County.
- Provide a channel of two-way communication between the community and the District Attorney’s Office on matters related to crime prevention and criminal justice in Onondaga County.
- Stimulate action in the criminal justice system to further the desirable goals of the organization and sponsor a selective program of recognition for individuals and/or organizations whose activities have shown exceptional accomplishments in furthering the objectives of the D.A.A.C.
The D.A.A.C. holds an annual luncheon where members of law enforcement and outstanding citizens in the community are recognized for their contributions to the criminal justice system, as well as a “State of the Office” address from the District Attorney. Throughout the year, the D.A.A.C. sponsors a Speaker Panel consisting of representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, the Syracuse Police Department, Syracuse City Court, and Town/Village Court that travels and speaks at schools, senior centers and businesses about the criminal justice system. The D.A.A.C. also sponsors events that occur during Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and plays an active role as proponents for legislation in support of the criminal justice system that would assist the District Attorney and law enforcement in performing their duties.
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of January, April, June, and September at 8 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Criminal Courthouse in the District Attorney’s Office. Council business is conducted during the first half of the meeting and the second half consists of a speaker dealing with various topics related to the criminal justice system and law enforcement. The meeting is adjourned at 9 a.m. and members are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis. Members are encouraged to take an active role in the organization and participate in committees whenever possible.
Membership consists of elected officials, community leaders, and concerned citizens. Persons interested in becoming members shall be recommended and sponsored by the membership upon written application only of a proposed member, and approved by the Executive Committee. Ex-Offico, non-voting members include the District Attorney, Assistant District Attorneys or staff members of the District Attorney’s Office (other than those acting in a liaison capacity on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office). Annual dues are $25.00 with an initiation fee of $10.00, which is due upon acceptance of membership. Dues must be paid by the April meeting.
For further information about the D.A.A.C. call Andrea Bastedo at (315) 427-7444.