Community outreach

The Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP) is committed to partnering with communities and enhancing the quality of life of all New Yorkers. The Community Outreach Unit meets with community and religious leaders, block associations, the New York City Housing Authority and other groups to address local drug problems and related crime. The unit confers regularly with NYPD officials to respond to community concerns and to devise effective strategies to protect the public. For more information about Community Outreach programs, call (212) 815-0454.
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Youth Programs

Together with the city’s five District Attorneys, SNP seeks to leave a positive imprint on communities touched by our major drug enforcement operations by investing in the development of the neighborhood youth. Over the years, SNP has sponsored numerous youth programs offered through the Police Athletic League (PAL), including Playstreets, Teen Programs, After-School Programs and Sports and Recreation.
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Prevention Education

To further the office’s educational mission, experienced prosecutors offer lectures to schools and youth groups on a range of topics, and sponsors guest speakers. The office also participates in the New York State High School Mock Trial Program, offered through a joint venture by the New York State Bar Association , the New York Bar Foundation and the Law, Youth and Citizenship Program.

SNP is also a longtime participant in the Law Enforcement Explorers program, which provides young men and women from the city's diverse communities with an introduction to a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system. The program, geared for ages 14 to 20, often results in strengthening ties between the community and police.

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Opioid Epidemic Reports

In carrying out its mission to save lives, SNP seeks to educate the public about the opioid epidemic. Over the past four years, SNP partnered with Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon and Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark as co-clients for graduate-level researchers from Columbia University. Examining the opioid epidemic in New York City, these capstone teams produced independent reports and recommendations for improved access to treatment services, substance abuse education and prevention initiatives.

View opiod epidemic reports