Brockton: Officials Cut the Ribbon on New Plymouth County D.A.’s Office

Director of Victim/Witness Advocate Services, Michelle Mawn, cuts the ribbon on Thursday afternoon.

Director of Victim/Witness Advocate Services, Michelle Mawn, cuts the ribbon on Thursday afternoon

 

Officials in Brockton cut the ribbon at the new Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office on Main Street.

Governor Charlie Baker, members of law enforcement, and local representatives were on hand for the ceremony. Baker said getting a new office for District Attorney Tim Cruz was an important item for his administration.

“As I said to [Cruz], the first time I came to visit you in the office, ‘This one kind of sells itself,” said Baker.

“The simple truth of the matter is, today is long overdue,” said Baker. “A lot of people on our end put a lot of work in to making this happen in a whole variety of ways.”

Rather than have the office spread across four separate buildings, the main operations for the District Attorney will be consolidated into one building.

Cruz said the 40-year-old office on Belmont Street had leaks among other issues.

“It was leaking, it was falling apart, it was too small,” said Cruz. “It just wasn’t conducive to what we do.”

Cruz said roughly 45 lawyers, victim/witness advocates, administration, and State Police Troopers assigned to his office will be based at the new facility.

“We’re going to be able to continue to go after the opioid crisis that we’re dealing with, keeping the bad guys off the street, helping the people we can help, and making a difference in our community,” said Cruz.

Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter said they’ve been lobbying to keep the DA’s office in downtown.

“It helps from a public safety standpoint, but also helps us change the perception of public safety in the heart of the downtown,” said Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter. “There are 25 State Troopers reporting to work here on a daily basis now. Twenty-five troopers coming and going from this location everyday makes people feel safer in the downtown, and that’s just as important to us.”

Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz speaking at the ribbon-cutting of his new office headquarters in Brockton.

Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz speaking at the ribbon-cutting of his new office headquarters in Brockton.

A rifle-bearer of the Massachusetts State Police Color Guard.

A rifle-bearer of the Massachusetts State Police Color Guard.

Governor Charlie Baker at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Governor Charlie Baker at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

It was a packed house for the ribbon-cutting of the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office.

It was a packed house for the ribbon-cutting of the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was among the speakers at the ceremony.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was among the speakers at the ceremony.

The Massachusetts State Police Color Guard.

The Massachusetts State Police Color Guard.

Members of the State Police Color Guard prepare for the ceremony.

Members of the State Police Color Guard prepare for the ceremony.

Members of the State Police Color Guard outside the District Attorney's Office.

Members of the State Police Color Guard outside the District Attorney’s Office.

Deputy Superintendent of the State Police, Lt. Colonel Francis Hughes.

Deputy Superintendent of the State Police, Lt. Colonel Frank Hughes.

Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

State officials gather for a photo outside the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office.

State officials gather for a photo outside the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.

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