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Katayoun “Kat” M. Copeland sworn in as District Attorney

Katayoun M. Copeland Media, Pa – Today Katayoun "Kat" M. Copeland was sworn in as Delaware County District Attorney, at an Induction Ceremony Jan. 19. President Judge Kevin F. Kelly presided over the ceremony at 10 a.m. in The Honorable John V. Diggins Ceremonial Courtroom at the historic Delaware County Courthouse.

At the Induction Ceremony, District Attorney Copeland was administered the Oath of Office by President Judge Kevin F. Kelly; her introduction was done by Zane David Memeger, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and the Bible was held by her mother Shahin M. Copeland and her brother, Cyrus Copeland. The invocation and benediction were given by Sister Marguerite O’Beirne, Vice President for Mission Ministry at Neumann University; the Pledge of Allegiance was led by retired Captain John J. McKenna, and the National Anthem was sung by Jennifer Green, Delaware County Probation Officer.

During her remarks, District Attorney Copeland expressed her commitment to continuing former District Attorney Jack Whelan’s efforts in addressing the opioid crisis and partnering with law enforcement and community organizations to turn the tide against the epidemic. She also expressed her dedication to fervently advocate and support victims, witnesses, senior citizens, abused women and exploited children. She also expressed her commitment to continue to partner with community agencies, and fully staff and encourage the success of drug treatment, veterans’ and mental health courts.

“I am returning home, to an office where I spent 19 years, with the same passion and vigor that I brought to the office when I arrived as a newly minted, eager prosecutor,” said District Attorney Copeland. “Moving forward, I pledge that under my leadership this office will approach its mission, and pro-actively pursue new ideas and listen to those with suggestions on how we can together face the real and present challenges to our criminal justice systems in creatively, courageously, and compassionately seeking restorative justice,” said District Attorney Copeland.

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