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Welcome to the Official page of the Bristol County District Attorney's Office. Quinn was officially sworn in on January 5th, 2015. Under the leadership of DA Quinn, the office has successfully prosecuted some of the most prominent criminal cases in the country. The office has made strides in a number of initiatives including deterring gun violence, creating a one of a kind Elder Financial

Exploitation and Abuse Unit, solving cold case homicides and sexual assaults from decades past, successfully enhanced victim services, and improved prosecution and prevention in special victims units. For more information on the office and what's happening across Bristol County, visit www.bristolda.com

Congratulations to four of our newest district court prosecutors, who were officially sworn in by Judge Finnerty yesterd...
12/01/2023

Congratulations to four of our newest district court prosecutors, who were officially sworn in by Judge Finnerty yesterday during a special ceremony at the Fall River Justice Center!
We are expecting great things from Chad Tworek, Brittany Sousa, Amelia DeMelo and Emma Clune.

DA Quinn and 2nd Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Sowa spent some time at St. Mary-Sacred Heart School in North Attl...
11/27/2023

DA Quinn and 2nd Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Sowa spent some time at St. Mary-Sacred Heart School in North Attleboro last week. They spoke to student in grades 3-8 about bullying and social media awareness. Thank you to Principal Lisa Serak for inviting us to speak. The students were very respectful and attentive.

11/20/2023

If you’d like to join DA Quinn, ADA Michael Scott and Community Affairs Unit staffer, Brian Rose, at one of our upcoming elder scam prevention programs, we’d love to see you…

Monday Nov 20 at 10am – Somerset COA 115 Wood St Somerset

Wednesday Nov 29 at 10 am – Caswell Grove 417 Middleboro Ave East Taunton

Friday Dec 1 at noon – South Main Senior Center 114 S Main St Fall River

Thursday January 25 at 11 am– Berkley COA 1 N Main St Berkley

Our latest Elder Scam Prevention Presentation at the Fall River North End Senior Center today.   Thank you to Marcia Pic...
11/15/2023

Our latest Elder Scam Prevention Presentation at the Fall River North End Senior Center today. Thank you to Marcia Picard of the Fall River Rotary Club for your assistance in planning the event.

Our Community Affairs Unit up and at ‘em this morning in Somerset for the town’s annual Public Safety Day.  Thanks to Ca...
11/04/2023

Our Community Affairs Unit up and at ‘em this morning in Somerset for the town’s annual Public Safety Day. Thanks to Carol Silvia, Brian Rose and Chief for joining the DA and our friends from Somerset today!

Had a great time today speaking with a wonderful group at the Flint Senior Center.  We talked about the scammers who are...
11/02/2023

Had a great time today speaking with a wonderful group at the Flint Senior Center. We talked about the scammers who are frequently targeting them and the best ways to avoid being victimized. Thanks to Brian Rose of our Community Affairs Unit for joining me in this important discussion.

10/31/2023

As we close out Domestic Violence Awareness Month, DA Quinn’s office and the Town of Dartmouth announced that it has received a new $6250,000 federal grant to continue the work we are doing to assist victims, identify and target the worst perpetrators and train law enforcement.

The three-year grant from the Department of Justice and the federal Office on Violence Against Women was recently awarded.

District Attorney Quinn’s office, along with the Town of Dartmouth, applied earlier this year for the three-year grant extension. These two entities, working in concert with The Women’s Center will be the programmatic supervision partners. All Bristol County Police Departments and the LGBTQ+ Network SouthCoast are also our partners in the utilization of this grant.

The grant will specifically address three key areas related to domestic violence in the county:

-The grant will provide funding for Civilian Police Advocates to work in 18 Bristol County police departments. These specially trained Civilian Police Advocates work for The Women’s Center. In 2022 they were able to serve 862 victims of domestic violence in Bristol County. They received 1,174 domestic violence arrest reports and 1,833 non-arrest reports for a total of 3,007 reports received. The work the Civilian Police Advocates do is vital because they are the only advocates that work with potential victims where no arrests have been made. The District Attorney’s office only receives reports when an arrest has been made. This group of victims of non-arrest calls would have no other services if not for these specialized advocates.


-The grant will further develop our Domestic Violence high-risk teams to reduce domestic violence homicides and identify potentially lethal relationships. In 2014 the partnering agencies developed domestic violence high risk teams in each of the four district court jurisdictions. High At Risk Teams (HART) are working in the jurisdictions served by the district courts in Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton. Each of these teams include members of the local police department, the district attorney's office, the community service domestic violence advocacy agencies, the local Intimate Partner Abuse Education Programs, the Bristol County Sheriff's Office, the probation department from the district courts and officials with the Bristol County Probate Court, parole, Department of Children and Families, Department of Transitional Assistance, Legal Services, and the U.S. Attorney's Office. HART currently monitors 397 Active Offenders and 124 Interim Offenders who account for 26,812 adult criminal charges, 2,404 juvenile criminal charges, 3,121 Restraining Orders and 2,321 Victims.

-The grant money will also be used for more police training. This includes training police, prosecutors and staff from each partnering agency. The trainings will focus on the important nuances and information needed when responding to, investigating, prosecuting, and advocating crimes involving victims who are LGBTQ+ and continued training on a trauma informed response.

Congratulations to Colleen Sheerin from our Special Victims Unit, who was recently honored with the Children's Advocacy ...
10/31/2023

Congratulations to Colleen Sheerin from our Special Victims Unit, who was recently honored with the Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol County Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) partner of the month award. Colleen’s efforts on behalf of children and families in Bristol County is vital to the work we do to protect victims and bring justice to families. Well done, Colleen!

DA Quinn and 2nd Assistant ADA Jennifer Sowa recently spoke to a large group of students at Somerset Berkley Regional Hi...
10/30/2023

DA Quinn and 2nd Assistant ADA Jennifer Sowa recently spoke to a large group of students at Somerset Berkley Regional High School about issues ranging from responsible social media use to changes in the law when you turn 18. They were very respectful and interested in the material discussed. Thank you to Principal, Dr. Susan Brelsford, for inviting us.

DA Quinn & Community Affairs Unit staffer Brian Rose were the special guest speakers this past weekend at the Wamsutta C...
10/20/2023

DA Quinn & Community Affairs Unit staffer Brian Rose were the special guest speakers this past weekend at the Wamsutta Club in New Bedford. Every Saturday, a group of engaged seniors called the “Saturday Club” get together. The DA and Brian spoke to the group of about 50 seniors about avoiding elder financial scams, which are becoming more prevalent. Thanks for the great time!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Earlier this month, DA Quinn and others members of our office joined with ...
10/18/2023

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Earlier this month, DA Quinn and others members of our office joined with Fall River Mayor, Paul Cogan, and other officials for a special flag raising ceremony at Government Center.

DA Quinn and 2nd Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Sowa spoke to the middle school students at Holy Name School in Fa...
10/06/2023

DA Quinn and 2nd Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Sowa spoke to the middle school students at Holy Name School in Fall River yesterday. Social Media awareness and Bullying were the topics. Thanks to the students and staff for the warm welcome!

A big group of our Fall River District Court staff, along with our Community Affairs Unit, helped to represent the offic...
09/22/2023

A big group of our Fall River District Court staff, along with our Community Affairs Unit, helped to represent the office last night at the Fall River Police and Public Palooza at Britland Park. What a great way to officially close out summer in the Spindle City!

Was great to be with a group of seniors at Mitchell Heights in Fall River to keep them up to date on the latest elder sc...
09/21/2023

Was great to be with a group of seniors at Mitchell Heights in Fall River to keep them up to date on the latest elder scams. Special thanks to Monica Sousa of Bristol Services for the invite!

Earlier this week, DA Quinn and Community Affairs Unit staffer, Brian Rose, visited with members of the Taunton Triad at...
09/15/2023

Earlier this week, DA Quinn and Community Affairs Unit staffer, Brian Rose, visited with members of the Taunton Triad at Leisurewoods in Taunton. The DA, who was also joined by Taunton Mayor Shaunna O’Connell, spoke about how to avoid becoming a victim of the multiple scams taking place in our every day lives.

Fr. Jay Mello invited DA Quinn and Second Assistant Jennifer Sowa to speak to the students in grades 5-8 at St. Michael’...
09/13/2023

Fr. Jay Mello invited DA Quinn and Second Assistant Jennifer Sowa to speak to the students in grades 5-8 at St. Michael’s School in Fall River today. The topic was cyber security and the issues pertaining to it. The students were very attentive and asked great questions. We look forward to returning there and to speaking at other schools in Bristol County about this issue.

Community Affairs Unit staffer, Brian Rose, represented the office late last week at a solemn event in Fall River to com...
09/05/2023

Community Affairs Unit staffer, Brian Rose, represented the office late last week at a solemn event in Fall River to commemorate Overdose Awareness Day. Every year, our office is called out to investigate hundreds of overdose deaths in the county. These deaths leave open wounds for the families and the communities. Our office will continue to work with our partners in the Bristol Regional Alliance to help stem the tide of this ongoing nationwide epidemic.

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