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Message from the State Attorney

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Katherine Fernandez Rundle
State Attorney

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Dear Friend,

Just a few days ago I met with our prosecutors who reached their three-year commitment, an important milestone. We had an intimate ceremony during which each was presented with a certificate. But it was not about a piece of paper. The recognition ceremony was about acknowledging how far these young attorneys had come during a time of unprecedented events. They began their careers as prosecutors during the pandemic. Instead of being in the courtroom at the podium in front of a judge, they practiced law from their homes via Zoom for about a year. Though physically isolated from one another, they were able to maintain a virtual connection with each other and formed a unique bond. When finally returning to the courtroom, like the many prosecutors who had come before them, they rose to the occasion, developing into the skilled prosecutors I saw that afternoon.

Many of these prosecutors volunteered with our Police Accountability and Integrity Team (PAIT). When asked why they joined this team despite having their own extremely high caseloads, they explained that they wanted to do their part to ensure everyone was treated fairly and according to the law. The passionate responses showed their commitment to justice, fairness, and transparency. As I looked at them, I could see how seriously they took the responsibility of serving as ministers of justice and abiding by the oaths they took upon becoming prosecutors.

Two members of this class are serving in our Sexual Battery and Child Abuse Unit which reviews all cases involving children. Another class member is currently in our Narcotics Unit.

I asked them what they see in their future in the office. They answered with determination and excitement about wanting to join our specialized units in the areas of public corruption, human trafficking, and gangs prosecutions.

For me, it was important and inspiring to hear first-hand what our prosecutors think, feel, and need to do their jobs to the best of their ability. I am always moved when I see these young women and men in action having chosen to enter this difficult but rewarding career as a prosecutor.

I am so proud of the great work our attorneys and staff do to keep our more than 2.8 million residents and tens of millions of annual visitors safe.

It is impossible for me to describe the scope and importance of their work in this message, so I ask you to please click here to view our 2023 Year in Review and see what we accomplished in 2023.

I am honored to have the most incredible prosecutors and staff, as I always say, we have the Best Team in America.

Thank you and God Bless,

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