Community Relations

DA Watkins with students

District Attorney Watkins has been quoted as saying that “justice is not confined to the four walls of a courtroom.”  The culture of the Dallas County DA’s office is one that encourages community involvement above and beyond the traditional responsibilities of a prosecutor.

The communities throughout Dallas County are the reason that the Dallas County District Attorney’s office exists – to protect and serve. One of the ways that we serve the community is through educational programs and initiatives, speaking engagements and partnerships.

Throughout the year, the loyal attorneys, prosecutors, and support staff in the DA’s office volunteer their time and resources to a variety of projects.  Our staff participates in goodwill initiatives that promote positive and impactful programs including the MADD Walk, Bowling for Kids Sake, our annual blood drive with American Red Cross DFW, and other charitable projects.

District Attorney Craig Watkins created the Community Prosecution Unit to create a positive criminal justice presence in the 26 cities in Dallas County. The unit’s dedicated assistant district attorneys and investigator provide informational programming to students in local school districts, and offer students invaluable knowledge about criminal justice and the importance of being a productive, valuable member of society.

In 2010, the DA’s office created the Citizen Prosecutor Academy, a comprehensive 10-week academy that invites citizens to learn and engage with working assistant district attorneys and community leaders. The experience is both rewarding and educational, and our Academy continues to grow.

We are here to serve.  If you have any questions regarding our current initiatives and educational programs, or have requests for speaking engagements, please contact James Tate at, or by phone at 214-875-2447.