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Join Commissioner Hart Stebbins at Her Monthly Luncheon

09/10/2019

Bernalillo County commission chair Maggie Hart Stebbins would like to invite you to her next monthly neighborhood luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from noon-1 p.m. at McKinley Community Center, 3401 Monroe NE.

The speakers in September will be Kyle Hartsock, Chief Investigator-Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office, Kyle Woods, Deputy-Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, and Bryce Pittenger, State of New Mexico-Children, Youth & Families. They will talk about child exploitation, the BernCo Sheriff’s Office Ghost Unit and Youth Transitional Living (YTL) services.

Kyle Hartsock served 15 years in the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. He worked in patrol and DWI units and as a detective in the Crimes Against Children and the Missing Persons Units and is now a chief investigation with Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office. Kyle Woods has been with BCSO since 2009. His investigative career began in the Special Victim’s Unit investigating sex crimes, crimes against children, and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC).

In 2014, Hartsock and Woods teamed up to launch, operate and grow a new unit, the Ghost Unit, that would specifically investigate child exploitation and human trafficking cases. This Unit has rescued juveniles and adults from human trafficking and is working to stop teens who could turn towards crime. They also have trained BCSO deputies to better distinguish potential victims of these crimes from other domestic violence calls. They created the High Risk Victims Unit of 7 highly trained uniformed patrol deputies, one of the first such units in the country. Training includes how best to communicate with traumatized young people while identifying signs of exploitation.

Bryce Pittenger, Director- Behavioral Health Services Division, State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, has been working in the field of behavioral health for over 20 years. At CYFD she oversees children's behavioral health services; federal grants; forensic evaluation; wraparound services, family peer support, substance abuse program development; supportive housing programs, shelter care, and Medicaid licensing and certification activities.

This is a brown bag lunch. You bring a sandwich and we will provide the beverages. An RSVP to jhartley@bernco.gov is appreciated but not required.

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