15th Annual Alabama Attorney General’s
Law Enforcement Summit
Attorney General Luther Strange presented the 15th annual Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Summit on October 7th, carrying on a tradition since 2000. This year’s theme was “Protecting Alabama Citizens Against Crime.” A record attendance of more than 725 law enforcement officers from throughout Alabama were registered to attend, receiving practical information and professional training with a focus on recent developments in legislation, case law and investigative procedures for some of the most prevalent and fastest-growing crimes. The 2014 summit was held in Montgomery at Frazer United Methodist Church.
Attorney General Strange welcomed law enforcement officers and discussed the event’s theme. “The protection of our citizens is foremost in my mind and the primary focus of my office,” he stated. “Today’s criminals target our state’s most vulnerable citizens to prey upon, including the young, the elderly, and the meek or mild. Many of these victims are targeted repeatedly by the same or multiple offenders.” This year’s conference featured a series of presentations from experts: “Developing Coordinated Community Response to Crime,’” from Steve M. Searcy of One Place Family Justice Center; “Domestic Violence/Strangulation/Stalking,” from Carrie Gray Shaw of the District Attorney’s Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit; “Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act,” from Trisha L. Mellberg of the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services; “Human Trafficking: A State Perspective,” from Assistant Attorney General Andrew Arrington; “Criminal Law Update,” from Assistant Attorney General Michael Dean; and “Elder Abuse,” from John Craft of the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law and J. Seth Gowan of the District Attorney’s Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit. Attorney General Strange thanked those who provided valuable information in these presentations, as well as his Law Enforcement Coordinator, Louis Zook, and all staff members of the Attorney General’s Office who provided valuable assistance.
In addition, Attorney General Strange announced a new telephone number and email address to receive citizen tips that could help solve cold cases and bring justice. People who may have evidence or clues about cold case sexual assaults and murders are encouraged to call the Attorney General’s Office and share this information by leaving a recorded message. The toll-free hotline number is 1-866-419-1236 and email messages may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Attorney General’s Cold Case Unit targets unsolved or unresolved violent sexually motivated assaults and homicides in which probative DNA exists.
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