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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 3, 2019

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town Announces Support to Anniston and Oxford, Alabama as Part of The National Public Safety Partnership to Combat Violent Crime

 

BIRMINGHAM– As the Department of Justice continues its efforts to fulfill President Donald J. Trump’s commitment to reducing violent crime in America, Attorney General William P. Barr today announced that the Northern District of Alabama was selected to join the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) initiative. PSP provides a framework for enhancing federal support of state, local and tribal law enforcement officials and prosecutors as they aggressively investigate and pursue violent criminals, specifically those involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence.

“The Public Safety Partnership is a successful program that directs federal law enforcement resources to the cities where they can have the greatest impact," Attorney General Barr said. "These resources help police departments to diagnose where crime is highest—and why—and to find, arrest and prosecute criminals. Several participating cities have already seen dramatic reductions in violent crime over the past two years. As we expand this program to 10 more cities across America, we are determined to replicate that success.”

“The Public Safety Partnership provides data-driven resources to assist law enforcement in removing the habitual offenders from the southeast side of the Northern District,” Town said.  “Our collective goal is simply to reduce crime, especially violent crime, in Anniston, Oxford, and surrounding areas.  My office, local and federal law enforcement, and the Department of Justice are fully committed to facilitating the strategies, training, and technical assistance to do just that.  We have prison beds already reserved for the alpha criminals in Calhoun County…and we are coming.”

The Justice Department created PSP and the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety in response to President Trump’s February 9, 2017, Executive Order charging the agency with leading a national effort to combat violent crime. In June 2017, the Department of Justice announced the formation of the National Public Safety Partnership initiative.

To be considered for selection, a site must have sustained levels of violence that far exceed the national average and demonstrate a commitment to reducing crime. Cities must also display compliance with federal immigration requirements.

The 10 sites announced today are as follows:

  • Anniston, Alabama
  • Oxford, Alabama
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Davenport, Iowa
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Amarillo, Texas
  • Harris County, Texas

     

More than 30 cities have participated in PSP. The primary participating Justice Department components include the Office of Justice Programs, Office on Violence Against Women, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals Service.

More information about PSP can be found at: http://www.nationalpublicsafetypartnership.org

Updated June 3, 2019