It is of great importance to District Attorney John Flynn that this office fosters and maintains positive relationships with the communities it serves. Special Assistant Natalie Lesh serves as the primary liaison between the District Attorney's Office and the residents of Erie County. Special Assistant Lesh is responsible for attending block club meetings and other community engagement forums to answer questions and gather information on constituent concerns.
We strive to both serve and connect with our community. Special Assistant Lesh coordinates volunteer opportunities for the office, including organizing school supply drives, serving hot meals to those in-need during the holidays, and participating in neighborhood clean-ups and beautification projects at municipal housing complexes, etc.
District Attorney Flynn established the School Critical Incident Initiative in February 2018, assigning an Assistant District Attorney to each public school district in Erie County to ensure a fast, comprehensive investigative response to any circumstance that presents a threat to students, staff or school property.
As part of our efforts to educate our youth and prevent crime, the Community Prosecution and Training Bureau offers presentations for students on various issues impacting schools such as cyberbullying, threats, driving while intoxicated, and gun violence. The program is open to any school located within Erie County. To request that a prosecutor speak with students on a criminal justice-related issue, please contact Natalie Lesh, Special Assistant to the District Attorney.
Our office is focused on creating programs to prevent crime and reduce recidivism. We have collaborated with law enforcement agencies and several community organizations on these projects, including: the Restorative Justice Youth Pilot Program, a three-part series for eligible youth involved in the criminal justice system, and the Gun Violence Prevention Panel an open discussion with panelists from a variety of backgrounds who share their experiences in an effort to deter young people from engaging in criminal behavior.