Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council
In the aftermath of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, the Attorney General for the United States of America directed every United States Attorney to commit all available resources and manpower to our national mission against terrorism. That directive included the establishment of Anti-Terrorism Advisory Councils (ATACs) led by United States Attorneys. The Anti-Terrorism Advisory Councils seek to deter, detect and prevent future attacks within the United States.
The prosecution of public corruption is a top priority for the U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Florida, which is home to the state capitol in Tallahassee and several of the state’s largest public universities. Public corruption is a breach of the public’s trust by government officials who use their public office to obtain personal gain. It is a violation of federal law for any federal, state, or local government official to ask for or receive anything of value in exchange for, or because of, any official act. Under federal law, any person who offers or pays a bribe is also guilty.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida promotes respect for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, or socioeconomic status. The Office recognizes that we are better able to serve the United States by embracing all perspectives and by understanding the diverse backgrounds of our employees, as well as the communities that we serve. To that end, the Office values and encourages a diverse and inclusive work environment, and it sets as its highest priority the fair and equal treatment of all who come in contact with it.
Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee
The Northern District of Florida’s Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) provides a district-wide network of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies committed to cooperation and coordination. The LECC’s mission is to foster effective communication and cooperation among the district’s local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; to identify and address current and emerging regional and national crime trends and threats; to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to support established training objectives for the district’s law enforcement community; and to provide advance planning and ensure cooperation in the event of a critical incident in the district.
Project Safe Childhood
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida is committed to the protection of our children. Advances in technology over the past two decades have provided child sexual predators with new means of stalking and victimizing children. All adults have a responsibility to understand this evolving threat, and to ensure children are aware of the danger and have the means to protect themselves. This Office is committed to improving public awareness, while at the same time aggressively prosecuting those who would sexually abuse children.
Project Safe Neighborhood
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida (USAO/NDFL) and the Department of Justice are committed to protecting our communities from gun violence. The centerpiece of that commitment is the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program. PSN is an evidence-based program launched in 2001 and proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders works together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN so that it is built on newly articulated core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results of our efforts. And the Department expressly underscores that the fundamental goal of this work is to reduce violent crime in the places we call home, not to increase the number of arrests or prosecutions as if they were ends in themselves. The Project Safe Neighborhoods Program brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. United States Attorney’s Offices throughout the country work in partnership with federal, state, and local law enforcement and local communities to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.
As part of its PSN efforts, the United States Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies work closely with State Attorney’s Offices and local law enforcement agencies across the Northern District of Florida to identify whether federal or state prosecution is more appropriate for gun crimes committed in the District. Federal law provides stiff mandatory minimum prison sentences for repeat violent offenders and drug-traffickers who are caught possessing firearms.
Finally, the United States Attorney’s Office is encouraging everyone to lock their car doors, particularly at night. Burglaries from unlocked automobiles are a significant source of guns for criminals in the Northern District of Florida. Please do your part and protect yourself by locking your car doors.
Any questions or suggestions regarding the USAO/NDFL’s PSN program can be directed to Assistant United States Attorney and PSN Coordinator James A. McCain in our Tallahassee (https://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/contact.html) office.
Noteworthy Links: https://www.justice.gov/psn