Community Relations & Public Information

Community Relations

It is of great importance to District Attorney John Flynn that his office fosters and maintains positive relationships with the communities it serves. Chief Danielle D’Abate leads the Community Prosecution & Training Bureau and serves as the primary liaison between the DA’s Office and the residents of Erie County. Chief D’Abate 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. Chief D'Abate also 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.

School Outreach

DA Flynn established the School Critical Incident Initative 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 Assistant District Attorney Natalie Lesh by email to

Public Information

It is the goal of the District Attorney’s Office to be transparent and to keep the community informed about high-profile court cases and other criminal justice matters that impact the residents of Erie County. Kaitlyn Munro serves as the Public Information Officer who is responsible for responding to all media inquiries and disseminating information to the public.

If you are member of the media seeking information about a criminal case or would like to request an interview with Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, please contact Kaitlyn Munro, PIO, at 716-858-2529 or by e-mail to

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