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FRIDAY - November 4, 2005

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that Assistant United States Attorney Jane J. Jackson received the United States Department of Justice Director’s Award Friday, October 28, 2005, during a ceremony at the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building in Washington, D. C.

At the Department of Justice’s 22nd annual Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director’s Awards Ceremony, AUSA Jackson was one of 123 federal prosecutors, special agents, and support personnel nationwide who were recognized for their excellence in federal law enforcement.

“Today we honor some of our best and brightest, some of our most talented and most dedicated,” said U. S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. “The men and women we honor [today] work tirelessly to protect the American people and to safeguard the promise of justice made to every generation. Their efforts are vital to the Justice Department and to our Nation, and I thank them for their service, the sacrifices they make every day.”

Jane J. Jackson has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of North Carolina since 1989, first serving in the Presidential Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit. During her tenure there she became one of the most successful AUSAs, prosecuting hundreds of drug traffickers in complex, multi-defendant trials.

In 2001, AUSA Jackson was named the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Coordinator, supervising President Bush’s national initiative to combat gun violence in eastern North Carolina.

AUSA Jackson’s approach to PSN is to “Cover the District”. To date, the “Covering the District” strategic plan has spawned eight fully operational, independent PSN task force sites across eastern North Carolina. She has worked closely with local law enforcement agencies, community organizations, victims, clergy, and local business leaders to establish anti-gun violence programs which meet the needs of the particular PSN site.

As PSN Coordinator, AUSA Jackson possesses boundless energy and drive in her commitment to justice. She has a profound dedication to law enforcement. Since the implementation of PSN in eastern North Carolina, prosecutions for federal gun and violent crimes have increased by 259%. Since 2001, over 1,000 violent offenders, most with extensive criminal records, have been or are being prosecuted under the PSN initiative. These results directly reflect her dedication, commitment, and tireless work ethic. These results were also recognized on June 16, 2004, at the PSN National Conference in Kansas City, where the Eastern District of North Carolina received Honorable Mention Recognition for the Most Improved Gun Program nationwide.

United States Attorney Whitney added, “Jane Jackson is a dedicated public servant who works long hours to make the streets of eastern North Carolina safer. We owe her so much. She is very deserving of this national recognition.”

 

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