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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Michigan

Friday, January 5, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Selects Western District Of Michigan To Receive A New Assistant United States Attorney Position To Combat Violent Crime

         DATELINE - Attorney General Jeff Sessions has selected the Western District of Michigan to receive additional resources for the fight against violent crime.  The district will receive an additional Assistant U.S. Attorney to focus exclusively on violent crime, one of 40 new federal prosecutors in 27 selected locations throughout the United States.

          “Led by our 94 United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) task forces are hitting the streets across America to apprehend and bring violent criminals to justice.  I have asked Congress for additional PSN funding next year because I believe nothing will be more effective at reducing violent crime,” said Attorney General Sessions. "Under this program, I am asking a great deal of our United States Attorneys.  I am both empowering them and holding them accountable for results.  To put them in the best position to impact and reduce violent crime, it is my privilege to announce today that through a re-allocation of resources, we will be enlisting and deploying 40 additional violent crime prosecutors across the United States."

          “The additional resource will be a significant force multiplier in our efforts targeting violent crime,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge. “West Michigan benefits from law enforcement leadership throughout the district attuned to the public safety needs of the communities they serve. My office looks forward to adding this important resource to our collective efforts. We expect this position to be filled in the next few months.”

            The U.S. Attorney’s Office in West Michigan partners with federal, state and local law enforcement and supports violent crime task forces located in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo and Lansing. These task forces address firearm, gang and drug crime in particular neighborhoods or perpetrated by individuals or groups that fuel violent crime rates.

          More information on the locations of those 40 Assistant United States Attorneys and violent crime task forces is below:


AUSA Breakdown by District

Northern District of Alabama - 1
Eastern District of Arkansas - 1
Northern District of California - 2
Southern District of California - 1
District of Connecticut - 1
District of Columbia - 1
Central District of Illinois - 1
Northern District of Illinois - 3
Southern District of Indiana - 1
Eastern District of Louisiana - 1
District of Maryland - 3
Western District of Michigan - 1
Eastern District of Missouri - 2
Western District of Missouri - 1
District of Nevada - 2
District of New Mexico - 1
Eastern District of New York - 2
Western District of New York - 1
Northern District of Ohio - 2
Eastern District of Pennsylvania - 1
Middle District of Tennessee - 2
Western District of Tennessee - 2
Eastern District of Texas - 1
Northern District of Texas - 1
Southern District of Texas - 2
Western District of Texas - 1
Eastern District of Wisconsin - 2




Updated January 5, 2018