The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia is involved in several programs and projects in our community. Some of our major efforts are listed below.
The Western District of Virginia is unique among the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices across the country because of our three year, pilot crime prevention initiative. We are:
- Bringing people together in communities and sharing information on crime prevention
- Promoting best practices in crime prevention and reentry
- Matching organizations to resources, and
- Reaching out to special groups in our area to strengthen ties to law enforcement.
The Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) is to improve cooperation and coordination among law enforcement groups, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of the criminal justice system. Today, each of the 93 United States Attorneys has an LECC in place, consisting of federal, state and local agencies involved in district law enforcement.
All of the Western District's anti-terrorism efforts are designed to prevent terrorism, prosecute terrorists and lessen the district's vulnerabilities to domestic and foreign threats to our national security.
Funding - The U.S. Attorney's Office serve as a grants and funding resource to our law enforcement and community partners.
Training - Our office routinely brings state of the art meaningful training to our partners in the community. Some of the topics have included legal, officer safety, anti-terrorism, investigations, grant writing, gang prevention and others.
Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide Department of Justice initiative that began in 2006 to reduce the number of children who are victims of child sexual exploitation.
The Victim Witness Specialists for our district provide assistance to victims and witnesses of federal crimes while they are involved with the criminal justice system.