A tough, skilled and innovative prosecutor, Kevin Steele has been serving Montgomery County for more than 20 years.

MEET KEVIN

As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Kevin R. Steele is responsible for keeping the community safe for all residents.  Elected in 2015 after having served in the office for more than 20 years, he has spent time in all parts of the county, listening to, speaking to and working with residents, crime victims, business leaders, law enforcement officials, students, survivors of domestic violence, family members who have lost loved ones to addiction as well as many others.  As District Attorney, Steele’s priorities are working to end the opioid-heroin-fentanyl epidemic, advocating for victims and their rights, using innovative crime fighting strategies to prevent and deter criminals and using prosecution driven diversionary programs.

Career Prosecutor

Before Steele’s election to District Attorney he had the opportunity to serve and train under five District Attorneys. In the eight years prior to his election in 2015 he served as Montgomery County’s First Assistant District Attorney, the second in command to District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.  Steele maintains a caseload that he personally prosecutes including murders, violent crimes, sex crimes, drug crimes and public corruption cases. He was first sworn in as Deputy District Attorney in Dauphin County in 1992.  In 1995,

Steele joined the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office where he served as an Assistant District Attorney, Captain of the Narcotics Unit, and Chief of the Trials Division before becoming First Assistant and then District Attorney.

Honors

In 2019, Steele was awarded the Louis D. Stefan Law Enforcement Award by the Montgomery County Bar Association. In 2018 he was honored to receive the James P. Fox “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award from the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers and the “Man of the Year” from the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2013, after successfully prosecuting a case in Gettysburg with the Adams County District Attorney where a law enforcement officer was murdered, Steele received the Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy of Capital Cases in Washington DC.  In 2013, the Philadelphia 76er's honored Kevin Steele with the Heroes Among Us award for his involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters and for making an outstanding assist to better our community. 

Educator

For more than a decade, Steele has worked diligently to give back to those interested in Criminal Justice. He has 

taught extensively for the police academy and provided courses for prosecutors and police officers throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Steele also works closely with Montgomery County Police Chiefs to provide officers with case law updates and training, allowing our officers to remain on the forefront of legal issues. He has also taught various college courses focused on Criminal Justice and brings a real-world approach to the classroom.

 

  • Steele has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Cabrini College since 2004. He also taught at Rosemont College. (Criminal Law, Drug Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence)

  • Police Academy (Constitutional Law)

  • Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute (Trial Advocacy, Drug Prosecution, Wiretap and Electronic Surveillance, Powers and Duties of the District Attorney)

  • Steele received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute and the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from Cabrini University.

  • Steele is a member of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. He serves the Association as the Legislative Chair, Executive Board Member, Technology Chair, Training and Education Committee Member, and Best Practices Committee Member.

  • In 2014, Steele was appointed to serve on the Leadership team of the Montgomery County Drug Overdose Task Force, which is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to stemming the tide of narcotics overdoses in the County.

  • Works his colleagues in the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association, the National District Attorneys Association, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys to continue to stay on the forefront of issues involving the administration of justice.

  • Worked with leaders of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School to establish innovative position to assist prosecutors in their duty of pursuing justice and limiting error.

  • Played an integral part in developing a leadership training program for prosecutors through the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute.

Leadership

Steele works with numerous organizations on a variety of issues and subjects to enhance law enforcement efforts to make our community safer.

Community

Steele has worked on initiatives for the benefit of our community including those to help our most vulnerable, our children and elders.

  • Board Member Penn State Trustees (Vice Chair—Outreach, Development and Community Relations)

  • Board of Directors Mission Kids (Montgomery County Child Advocacy Center)

  • Board of Directors MCAP (Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project)

  • Past President of the Penn State Alumni Association.

  • Board of Directors of his local fire department since 1997. Elected annually as Vice President since 2002.

  • Member, Pennsylvania Attorney General's Elder Abuse Medical Advisory Board.

  • Past Board of Director Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montgomery County.

  • Past President of his local civic association, running the 4th of July neighborhood parade and festivities.

  • Penn State Dickinson School of Law Alumni Society Board of Director.

  • Past President of the Graduate School Alumni Society of The Pennsylvania State University.

 

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice, The George Washington University.

  • Law Degree, The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University

  • Master of Laws Degree in Trial Advocacy, Temple University

 

Husband and Father

  • Kevin and his wife Tracy are raising their three children in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County.

  • Steele coaches youth sports (basketball, softball and baseball.)

 
 

NEWS

Fall 2019

Along with local law enforcement, we arrested three individuals for operating a corrupt organization that was trafficking illegal firearms as well as trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine. This type of organization’s sole purpose is to make money by putting firearms in the hands of people who cannot lawfully buy and possess guns on their own. My office continues to work together with local law enforcement to keep guns and drugs off our streets.

Winter 2019

As a prosecutor and the chief law enforcement officer of Montgomery County, my job is to seek justice—to follow the evidence wherever it leads and to whomever it leads, then file criminal charges appropriately. That, of course, begins the defendant’s interactions with the legal system. But beyond defendants is another group who are just as intricately involved in nearly every criminal proceeding, at each stage of a criminal investigation and prosecution.

Fall 2018

The Mock Trial competition was held over two weeks in the Montgomery County Courthouse. Law students prosecuted a variation on a real trial with added legal hurdles and factual inconsistencies. The winners were Teresa Benavides from the Drexel University Thomas L. Kline School of Law and Danton Moyer from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. Taking second place were Marissa Booth and Samuel Cooper, both from the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

Spring 2018

In January, we dismantled a multi-state drug trafficking organization that used the US Postal Service to mail packages of crystal methamphetamine and marijuana from California to traffickers in Montgomery County. Our office, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub, United States Postal Inspection Services’ Philadelphia Division Inspector-In-Charge Daniel Brubaker, FBI Bucks and Montgomery Safe Streets Task Force, and other federal, state and local law enforcement officials worked together on the effort. Through the course of the investigation, law enforcement identified what they believed to be more than 350 pounds of illegal crystal methamphetamine and marijuana sent in multiple shipments.

CONTRIBUTE

Thank you for your confidence and support. I am honored to serve the public alongside the men and women of the DA's office and our law enforcement community as the District Attorney of Montgomery County.
 
 

CONTACT KEVIN

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PO Box 568

Bryn Mawr, PA  19010

 

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