An effective criminal justice system requires cooperation and coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement. Successful enforcement and prevention strategies must include elements of consistent outreach to community stakeholders to understand the needs and gaps in services within the local communities. The Department of Justice has undergone tight budget restrictions over the last several years. With limited resources, it is critical that the U.S. Attorney’s Office understand local dynamics so it can allocate its resources more effectively.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office maintains contact in various forums with law enforcement, government agencies, community groups, non-profit service providers, religious leaders, residents and others. Staying connecting with these stakeholders provides us with knowledge to enhance our District’s strategy and gives us much needed insight on how to tailor and leverage resources. When resources are available, our office provides training and presentations to law enforcement, schools, organizations, and other interested groups.
In the District of Massachusetts, efforts are enhanced through some of the following partnerships, task forces and initiatives:
- Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC)
- Boston’s Defending Childhood Initiative
- Civil Rights Enforcement Team (CRET)
- Counter-Proliferation Working Group (CPWG)
- DOJ National Forum on Youth Violence
- Indian Country Law Enforcement Initiative (ICI)
- Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force
- Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
- Partnerships Advancing Communities Together (PACT)
- Prisoner Reentry
- Project Safe Neighborhoods
- Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)