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 Orleans. In the wake of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, the Department has endeavored to strengthen the collective ability of all levels of law enforcement to address the emerging challenges and find new ways to help reduce crime. As part of this effort, the Department has allocated additional resources to the New Orleans area. Both new and existing programs and resources include the following:
The Department of Justice has made nearly $30 million in grants available 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 of 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. Attorney (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 attorneys 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 fraud 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 Police Department around the clock. These federal agents will identify cases that are subject to federal jurisdiction, provide the necessary investigative assistance to make federal arrests, and follow-up with federal prosecutions.
BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES (ATF):
DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA):
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI):
UNITED STATES MARSHALS SERVICE (USMS):