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About the District of Utah

The Office Mission
The mission of the office is to protect and serve the citizens of the District of Utah through the ethical, vigorous and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States; protect and defend our national security; improve the safety of our communities; protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States; and do justice in every matter.

About the District
The District of Utah encompasses the entire State of Utah and consists of 29 counties covering over 82,000 square miles. A population of 2.8 million (2011 estimate) reside in the District. Salt Lake City and its suburbs make up the District’s largest urban center, followed by Ogden and Provo/Orem. More than 70 percent of the land is public or within the boundaries of Indian reservations.

The District is home to numerous federal facilities, including Hill Air Force Base, Dugway Proving Grounds, and Tooele Army Depot. Goshute, Navajo, Ute, Paiute, and Shoshone Indian tribes have reservations in the District. A Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is located in Salt Lake City. The District includes five national parks, (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion) six national monuments, six national forests, three wildlife refuges, a national recreational area, and a national historic site.

About the Office
The U.S. Attorney’s main office is located in Salt Lake City and employs approximately 85 employees, including 45 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutes federal crimes, enforces federal law on Indian reservations and federal facilities, enforces civil statutes and defends the United States against lawsuits.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also has a branch office in St. George which opened in 2008 to address the law enforcement needs of the southwestern part of the State where there is significant population growth. The St. George office is primarily responsible for handling federal criminal matters which arise in southwestern Utah, including drugs, firearms, immigration, bank robberies, child pornography and exploitation, fraud, and other offenses. The office also oversees the prosecution of criminal violations occurring in national parks and forests and on other public lands.

Both offices seek to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the enforcement of federal criminal law and the representation of the United States, its agencies, and employees in federal civil actions.

 

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