Letter: Support for Paul Caccaviello for District Attorney

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To the Editor:

Before making any important decision, all facts should be examined and weighed. When considering which candidate to vote for as Berkshire District attorney, a review of the responsibilities of the office is helpful. Under the law, the DA is the highest law enforcement officer in the county whose primary duty of the prosecution of crimes that take place in Berkshire County.
State and local law enforcement investigate cases and bring charges or refer more complex cases to the DA for approval to bring charges. The DA and his staff assist law enforcement on investigative strategies, give legal advice, and provide victim support. When cases are brought to court, prosecutors and victim advocates represent the community at procedures ranging from bail and dangerousness hearings, grand jury presentations, motion hearings, trials, and post-conviction appeals with the goal of holding offenders responsible while keeping victims and the public safe.
The Berkshire district attorney's office is really a large law firm with a staff of over 50 lawyers, advocates, support and administrative staff, and investigators and a $6 million budget. The DA creates and implements policies and oversees a Community Outreach and Education Program responsible for crime prevention programming in our schools and with community groups.
I am a "law and order" person who believes in the rule of law and the safety of our community, but I know the district attorney's duties go beyond that. So, to help decide who the best candidate for DA is, I looked all the facts and ask that you do the same.
Is the candidate an experienced administrator, who knows how to run the office, manage a state budget, and supervise a large staff? Are they familiar with all regulatory and administrative obligations that the DA must legally fulfill? Is the candidate an expert criminal attorney with experience leading complex investigations, trying difficult cases, and prosecuting criminals while supporting victims with compassion and empathy? Have they demonstrated a record of accomplishments, a devotion to public service, and a passion for the criminal law? Are they non-political, putting the best interests of the community over personal political ambition?
The only candidate who is a "yes" to all these questions is District Attorney Paul Caccaviello. Those are the facts. On the ballot, go to the center column and halfway down find the district attorney section, then write in Paul Caccaviello for Berkshire district attorney on Nov. 6.

Kathryn Mickle
Dalton, Mass.





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BMM Officer Earns Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional Designation

DALTON, Mass. – Jayne Bills, a compliance officer with Berkshire Money Management, has earned the National Regulatory Service's Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional designation.

The IACCP is a comprehensive program that formalizes and standardizes the knowledge, skills and ethical commitment of investment advisory compliance professionals. Accordingly, designees are charged with helping to both maintain an ethical compliance culture in their firm and advance compliance as a profession.

"Registered Investment Advisors are the most regulated group in the financial services industry.  And we love that because people know they won’t get ripped off by annuities, 'free' American Funds, or the stock of the day," said BMM Founder and CEO Allen Harris. "But that also means we have a tremendous and ever-changing compliance workload. You know how a lot of doctors are forced to spend more and more time on paperwork and less and less time with their patients?  Well, Jayne has fixed our version of that problem. She handles the heavy lifting so that our six advisors can focus solely on our clients, as opposed to tracking and documenting data."

Exhaustive certification and course development, together with expert instructors and facilitators from the compliance, legal, regulatory, financial industry, and academic sectors, help ensure that individuals earning the IACCP designation have been trained, tested and certified to meet high industry professional standards.

Coursework for this certification is comprised of 20 two-hour courses that cover topics like the Advisers Act (the predominant law governing Advisers), Ethics, Trading Compliance and more. In addition to this rigorous work, Bills completed an Ethics commitment and assessment paper, and studied various applicable Laws and Rules, SEC Guidance and Interpretations (and various other kinds of SEC publications) in order to pass a three-hour culminating exam. She also completed two years of required IA Compliance experience. In order to maintain her IACCP designation, Bills must complete 12 hours of continuing education each year.


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