A Drumheller local is making her way to the top as a Crown Prosecutor. Brittany Ashmore, who currently works in Red Deer, was recognized by the Red Deer RCMP for her collaboration and efforts in helping youth and victims of domestic violence.

"It was a recognition of the partnership between the Crowns Office and the Red Deer RCMP youth intervention unit. Our collaboration in reducing the number of young people that are coming before the court and being able to successfully divert them into other avenues of dealing with whatever it is that has brought them before the court, whether it be mental health aversion or alternative measures," explained Ashmore.

Ashmore explained she took over a lot of the duties that dealt with the Youth Criminal Justice Act upon being hired in Red Deer and found a passion in using the opportunity to help youth grow and not repeat their offences.

"Often in the Crown Prosecutors Office, we are usually behind the scenes and it is a really nice honour to be recognized by the RCMP for working with them on, what I think is a really important thing, in reducing the number of youths that come before the court. In the long term, showing that we can effectively deal with them in a manner that doesn't necessarily mean having to go through the criminal justice system."

Her passion for her career grew in the Drumheller Valley. She reflects on what inspired her to pursue a career as a Crown Prosecutor.

"I was a special constable for a summer in Drumheller. I knew the Crown PRosecutor growing up, and she was a really strong and interesting lady. I think being able to work with the RCMP and be able to deal with these situations is really a great opportunity. Being able to go into court and present your case and ensuring that justice is done, and to be able to make sound decisions so the justice system can proceed as it should," concluded Ashmore.

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