The Mix for the Week of June 8, 2020: Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins

This week on The Mix, Liz and Joe discuss the demonstrations and protests that have taken place in the past couple of weeks in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

This episode’s guests are:

David Soares (start listening at 7:32) was first elected Albany County District Attorney on November 2, 2004. He is now serving his fourth term as District Attorney in Albany County.

Soares worked his way through Cornell University, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. After Cornell, David attended Albany Law School and received his law degree in 1999. As he had at Cornell University, David worked his way through Albany Law School working at the Albany County Airport Authority, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, AIDS Law Clinic and the Albany County District Attorney’s Office. He also interned at the District Attorney’s Office, where he eventually became an Assistant District Attorney and Albany County’s first Community Prosecutor.

Since taking office, Soares has been the proud recipient of several recognition awards, including the Whitney M. Young Community Partner Award and being recognized as a Top Ten Animal Defender of 2015 from the National Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Eric Hawkins (start listening at 29:03) was sworn in as Albany’s 25th Police Chief on September 7, 2018. During Chief Hawkins’ tenure in Albany, he has prioritized strengthening police-community relations, the health and wellness of employees and the recruitment and retention of personnel.  In addition, Chief Hawkins oversaw a department re-organization, the acquisition of a new Training Center and the implementation of strategies that resulted in reductions in both violent and property crimes.

Chief Hawkins began his career with the Southfield, Michigan Police Department in 1990, starting as a Police Cadet and appointed as a sworn Police Officer in 1991. Chief Hawkins rose through the ranks of the department and was formally appointed as police chief in October of 2012. His assignments included:  oversight of the department’s tactical unit; command of the department’s downtown sub-station, which involved coordination of all the police department’s community-related programs, including crime prevention, D.A.R.E., traffic, and school officers; and assignment as Patrol Division Coordinator. Chief Hawkins also implemented initiatives designed to enhance police-community relations, including citizen and youth police academies and a Police Chief’s Citizens Advisory Board.

Chief Hawkins earned a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and an Associate’s in Business Administration from Oakland Community College.  He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command, the FBI Command Institute for Police Executives, and Central Michigan University’s Law Enforcement and School Liaison Program Institute.

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