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Divisions and Bureaus

Administrative Division

Investigations Division

Legal Affairs Division

Major Crimes Division

Operations Division

Special Prosecutions Divisions

Trial Division


John M. Ryan
Chief Assistant District Attorney

Vincent J. Carroll, Jr.
Counsel to the Chief Assistant District Attorney


John M. Ryan
Chief Assistant District Attorney

Since District Attorney Brown took office in June, 1991, the office has undergone significant reorganization and change, adapting itself to the crime fighting needs of the diverse communities of the county. Specialized divisions and bureaus have been created to focus on areas of concern to residents as well as to businessmen, workers and visitors to Queens, the City’s second most populous borough.

The Major Crimes, Investigations, Trials, Special Prosecutions and Legal Affairs divisions of the office are responsible not only for the prosecution of arrest cases brought to the office by the New York City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, but also for proactively seeking out wrongdoers and aggressively undertaking investigations of suspected criminal conduct.

Each of the five major divisions in the office is composed of several bureaus, many of which have specialized missions. For example, the Major Crimes Division includes the Special Victims Bureau, which is charged with prosecuting, among other cases, all child abuse and elder abuse matters. The Investigations Division has bureaus whose mission it is to root out organized crime, public corruption and so-called "white collar crime". And the Trial Division has bureaus dedicated to the prosecution of career criminals, narcotics violations and gang related crime.

In the past few years, one of the most significant initiatives ever undertaken by the office was put into place with the establishment in June, 1996 of a prosecutorial policy designed to eliminate plea bargaining in the most serious felony cases. The policy, which is discussed at greater length elsewhere in this report, generally prohibits plea bargaining after the Grand Jury has indicted a defendant on a felony charge. While this might not appear to be a particularly dramatic step, the fact is that the policy is slowly bringing about a sea change in the way the business of criminal justice is conducted in Queens County. It has enabled us to try more cases, while maintaining high conviction and incarceration rates. In short, the policy has resulted in a better, "more effective" justice system for the millions of law abiding people of Queens County.

The implementation of the new plea policy as well as other prosecutorial policies and procedures and the day to day administration of the office is the responsibility of the Chief Assistant District Attorney under the direct supervision of the District Attorney. The District Attorney also has an executive staff which includes his Counsel and Executive Assistants in charge of Investigations, Major Crimes, Trials, Legal Affairs, Administration and Special Prosecutions. In addition, each of the office’s bureaus is headed by a Bureau Chief and their deputy.


Vincent J. Carroll, Jr.
Counsel to the Chief Assistant District Attorney

The Counsel to the Chief Assistant District Attorney advises the Chief Assistant District Attorney on a variety of legal, policy and administrative matters. The Counsel is in charge of the office’s recruitment and hiring of new Assistant District Attorneys, as well as the office’s internship programs. The Counsel also serves as the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.

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