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Fact Sheet: Department of Justice Law Enforcement
Efforts in New Orleans
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department is committed to working in partnership
and continuing its support of state and local law enforcement in New
In the wake of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, the Department
has endeavored to strengthen the collective ability of all levels of law
to address the emerging challenges and find new ways to help reduce crime.
part of this effort, the Department has allocated additional resources to
New Orleans area. Both new and existing programs and resources include the
- The Department of Justice has made nearly $30 million in grants
to the city of New Orleans and Orleans Parish to help rebuild the criminal
justice system. In total, the Department has made available to the state
Louisiana over $61 million in justice assistance grants and Katrina relief
law enforcement infrastructure funds.
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICES:
- The Department has committed to extend funding for six Assistant U.S.
(AUSA) detailees to the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern District
of Louisiana through the end of this fiscal year (FY 2007). These
are focusing on prosecuting firearms, drug and immigration cases.
- The Department is in the process of hiring nine additional AUSAs in the
Eastern District of Louisiana. The AUSAs will be tasked with assisting
and violent crime prosecutions.
- The U.S. Attorney’s Office will spearhead an initiative that will
co-locate a small number of ATF, DEA, and FBI agents with New Orleans
Department around the clock. These federal agents will identify cases that
are subject to federal jurisdiction, provide the necessary investigative
to make federal arrests, and follow-up with federal prosecutions.
BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES (ATF):
- The ATF will provide six special agent details to supplement the six
ATF agents permanently assigned to the New Orleans Violent Crime Impact Team
(VCIT). Four of the six special agent details were assigned to the New
VCIT in August 2006, and the additional two special agent details are
reporting for duty. This total increase temporarily doubles the standard ATF
manpower assigned to the New Orleans VCIT. The VCIT initiative concentrates
its efforts on high violent crime areas in New Orleans and targets violent
who violate federal firearms and narcotics statutes.
- ATF’s New Orleans Field Division has re-launched the 24-hour ATF gun
hotline, (504) 581-GUNS (4867), which allows citizens to report the
use and possession of firearms for federal response. In addition, ATF has
used an aggressive advertising campaign to publicize the local hotline
resulting in numerous tips that have led to arrests of violent offenders.
- ATF has a trained explosives detection canine and special agent handler
assisting the New Orleans Police Department in its fight against violent
This ATF canine is being used on a weekly basis by the New Orleans Police
Department to locate shell casings, projectiles and firearms—including
murder weapons—at shooting scenes.
- ATF has obtained new equipment to replace the National Integrated
Identification Network (NIBIN) equipment that had been deployed at a New
Police Department site, but was destroyed by Katrina. By the end of
ATF will move the NIBIN equipment to the new ATF offices to facilitate use
and access until the police department is able to identify a suitable
site. Once the NIBIN equipment is redeployed, New Orleans will be able to
link up with over 200 sites throughout the country to compare ballistics
NIBIN is a powerful tool in the fight to solve and reduce violent crime
it allows law enforcement to link together cold crimes and recovered
where previously very few, if any, leads existed.
DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA):
- The DEA temporarily has been provided authority to investigate and
all federal criminal law, in addition to all federal drug laws. This
will allow DEA agents to assist the New Orleans Police Department in
law and order in the City of New Orleans.
- The DEA spearheads the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force
which is comprised of DEA agents working in partnership with detectives
the New Orleans Police Department. This group focuses exclusively on
drug trafficking organizations and violent offenders who have a prior
history involving aggravated offenses as well as a direct nexus to drug
within the inner city.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI):
- The FBI will detail an additional nine agents to the New Orleans area to
supplement the 13 FBI Agents permanently assigned to the Violent Gang Safe
Streets Task Force. In addition to the FBI agents, the Task Force is
with officers from area police departments and sheriffs’ offices, and
focuses on the most violent subjects – whether associated with an
gang or working in a more loose-knit fashion with other subjects.
- The FBI will provide training to the New Orleans Police Department on
Pinpoint. Project Pinpoint combines existing police intelligence such as
location of crimes, bench warrant information, source coverage and tips
the public with mapping software. Using this innovative technique, the FBI
and its law enforcement partners have been able to more efficiently use
intelligence to solve real crimes.
UNITED STATES MARSHALS SERVICE (USMS):
- The USMS will continue its increased support of the Crescent Star
Task Force by temporarily extending the additional three Deputy U.S.
and one Investigative Analyst detailed to that task force in August 2006.
- The Crescent Star Fugitive Task Force supports the New Orleans Police
Violent Offender Warrant Squad by conducting fugitive round-ups on
violators. The round-ups have been conducted twice weekly—a doubling
of previous efforts—which has resulted in a significant number of
- The USMS Technical Operations Group (TOG) has provided assistance to and
prioritized the cases from the Crescent Star Fugitive Task Force. The TOG
routinely provides federal, state and local agencies with support in
surveillance, aerial surveillance, communications, as well as analysis and
intelligence, related to fugitive investigations.