Baltimore — The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO), in partnership with DTLR and Cori Ramos and Associates, held its first ever Crime Control and Prevention (CCP) Holiday Drive. More than 800 toys, toiletries, and non-perishable food items were distributed at the War Memorial building to public school children participating in the SAO’s Great Expectations program, as well as Baltimore families impacted by crime.
“This is the true definition of holiday cheer and giving,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
State’s Attorney Mosby, who has two young daughters, felt it was important that her agency work with the community to deliver gifts to families who may be experiencing challenges during the holiday season and closeout the year on a high note by providing toys to the youth the CCP Unit has been working all year to support.
“It’s a huge undertaking collecting nearly a thousand toys and organizing an event to get them in the hands of our 200 Great Expectations 4th graders, but it’s all worth it,” said SAO Youth Coordinator Shalik Fulton.
Fulton, along with SAO Adult Violence Prevention Coordinator Dorian Walker, planned youth programming events throughout the year, including the SAO’s Youth Violence Prevention Week, Gun Violence Awareness Day Rally, and Summer #PopUp series, while also maintaining the SAO’s ongoing programs—Great Expectations, Junior State’s Attorney, and Aim 2 B’more.
“We aren’t done yet,” continued State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “We are currently planning the launch of another youth-focused program that will tie young people to employment opportunities. It is important that the parents and guardians in our communities see that this agency is invested in the long-term success and happiness of our children, as well as the safety of our communities.”
State’s Attorney Mosby says that CCP’s sustained effort to serve the community has a direct impact on the crime fight.
“I want the community to understand that we do our best to get to youth before they get entangled in the criminal justice system and become another defendant across the table from my prosecutors,” continued State’s Attorney Mosby. “Trust is so important to the crime fight, and putting SAO staff in direct contact with the community in an environment outside of any criminal proceeding is a great way to make the right first impression.”
Walker says that the strategy is working and the business and non-profit community is becoming more involved.
“This year, DTLR contributed 300 toys to the event and Cori Ramos and Associates contributed more than 150,” Walker said. “We are developing a positive reputation for the work that the Office of the State’s Attorney is doing and it is definitely bringing more public and private partnerships to the table to assist us in our efforts.”