District attorney announces 2015 Wiregrass Law Enforcement Conference

The seventh Annual Wiregrass Law Enforcement Conference is coming back this December. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The seventh Annual Wiregrass Law Enforcement Conference is coming back this December. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

The seventh annual Wiregrass Law Enforcement Conference is coming back this December.

This year is all about why teens kill, and they've invited guest speaker Phil Chalmers to lead the conference.

Friday morning, Dale and Geneva County District Attorney Kirke Adams joined superintendents across the Wiregrass to announce this year's conference.

The guest speaker will educate school leaders and law enforcement on juvenile homicides. They will discuss what the warning signs are, what triggers these actions and how to prevent them. They will also discuss youth culture and school shootings.

"With the violent video games, violent music we're seeing trends nationwide with more juvenile violence whether it's murder, robbery, our defendants in our system are becoming younger and younger and it's a scary thing," Adams said.

Legal professionals, law enforcement and school leaders all want to be proactive in schools so they can reach youth before it's too late and they end up in prison.

"To have a relationship with your district attorney means a ton. We have a great relationship not only through the judicial and law enforcement side but on the communication side, which is so vital," said Dale County Superintendent Donny Bynum. "I think it's an eye opener to hear his message, and we want to get this message to the people that can deliver it into the community."

This year's conference is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11 at the Ozark Civic Center. Registration is open until Nov. 30.

There's no registration fee for attendees employed within Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties.

Anyone outside of these counties will pay a $25 fee. Contact the Dale County District Attorney's Office to register.

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