Raymond Tonkin is elected president of the PA District Attorneys Association

Jul 22 2019 | 04:31 AM

    Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin was elected president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) for the 2019-20 business year.
    The election took place on July 22 during the Association’s annual business meeting.
    “Through the PDAA, district attorneys throughout Pennsylvania can engage in important policy discussions, share ideas and work together to improve the criminal justice system,” said Tonkin. “I am honored to help lead this discussion and look forward to advancing innovative ideas and best practices that support public safety, stand up for victims of crime and protect the integrity of the system.”
    Tonkin was first elected district attorney in Pike County 11 years ago after serving eight years as an assistant district attorney. He gained national attention when he prosecuted Eric Frein, who was convicted of killing Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding State Trooper Alex Douglass in a 2014 ambush at the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks in Blooming Grove.
    Addressing some of the modern-day challenges faced by the criminal justice system in Pike County, he has worked to develop the Pike County Children’s Advocacy Center, created a Domestic Abuse Response Team, and initiated the Pike CARE program, a treatment-centered approach to divert non-violent offenders with underlying addiction to drugs or alcohol get them on the road to staying crime free for the betterment of the community, themselves, and their family. Tonkin currently serves on the State Victim Services Advisory Committee, a position he has held through the appointment of two governors.
    Before becoming a prosecutor, he was a local police officer for seven years. Tonkin graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, after earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Scranton.
    About the PDAA
    The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association recently helped enact legislation to better enable vulnerable victims to testify against their abusers, successfully worked to pass Clean Slate legislation, as well as new laws related to credit card skimming and elder abuse. The Association has also worked to reform civil forfeiture, update DUI laws, make strangulation a stand-alone crime to better protect victims of domestic abuse, fix Megan’s Law and pass legislation governing the use of body cameras for police officers.