04/10/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/11/2018 18:54
Allen Leed, a member of the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, was recently recognized by Millersville University's Civic and Community Engagement for his work to combat abuse and exploitation of the elderly.
Leed, a longtime police investigator before joining the DA's Office as an advocate for elder-abuse victims, received the community partner award at an April 5 ceremony at Millerville University.
The award recognizes notable civic and community contributions that have positive impact locally and beyond.
Millersville University is a partner of the DA's Office in its fight against abuse of the elderly; specifically, uncovering instances of abuse, holding the abusers responsible, and identifying common factors in those situations so to decrease future cases.
Dr. Carrie Smith, associate professor of sociology at MU, presented Leed with the award.
Leed came to the DA's Office in 2011, after 29 years of service with the Manheim Township Police Department.
'Al Leed is an extremely valuable member of our office and is at the core of our Elder Abuse Unit,' District Attorney Craig Stedman said. 'His experience, wisdom, and enthusiasm for helping our seniors is unmatched, and it is great to see him recognized for the difference he makes in our community.'
Leed's daily duties now involve initial contact with potential victims and their families, then assisting with possible resolutions to the case and recovering restitution for the victims.
He is a recognized advocate and voice for elder-abuse victims in Lancaster County and elsewhere.
Leed often speaks in the community about his work to raise awareness to elderly abuse which is, unfortunately, common.
He also serves as a police representative for his community's Youth Aid Panel.
Civic engagement truly has been a lifelong pursuit for Allen 'Al' Leed.
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