Neighborhood DA Program

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes that the most important tool for promoting public safety is community involvement, and community invovlement requires easy access for the public to law enforcement agencies such as ours. The Neighborhood DA Unit is an innovative program designed to assist the community in solving local crime problems.  Community prosecution is founded on the idea that prosecutors have a responsibility not only to prosecute cases, but also to solve public safety problems, prevent crime and improve public confidence in the justice system.  The Neighborhood DA Unit ensures a long-term, proactive partnership between prosecutors, police and the community.  In many cases, community stakeholders actually assist in creating the crime-fighting agenda and participate in the solutions.  The NDA Unit has helped to reduce problems involving drug sales, thefts from cars, illegal camping, prostitution, graffiti and many other quality of life offenses in local communities.

Neighborhood prosecutors attend community meetings to listen to the concerns of community members, develop and implement innovative strategies to prevent crime and educate the public, provide information and training to police officers on prosecutorial issues, and propose new legislation to help solve problems in the community.  The NDA Unit helped to develop and maintains several problem solving programs, such as the Prostitution Coordination Team, the Drug Impact Area Program, the Service Coordination Team and Community Court.

With financial support from Multnomah County, the City of Portland, federal grants, local business groups and Tri-Met, the program covers all neighborhoods in the county and the public transit system. In 2000, a tribute to the success of the program came from the U.S. Department of Justice when the Multnomah County DA’s Office was selected as one of two National Leadership Sites for its progressive work in community prosecution.  The definition of success has evolved.  Rather than simply tallying cases won or jail sentences imposed, the NDA Unit measures success by the reduction in crime in a particular neighborhood, improved quality of life for citizens and community confidence in the justice system.

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Westside Neighborhoods
Nathan Vasquez, Senior Deputy District Attorney
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Kevin Demer
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Kevin Demer
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