Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be partnering with 12 different cities to crack down on crime.
The partnership is part of the National Public Safety Partnership that was established by the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety group; that group was created under one of President Trump’s executive orders in February to aid state and local officials with law enforcement.
The 12 cities the DOJ is partnering with are:
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Toledo, Ohio
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Buffalo, New York
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Houston, Texas
- Jackson, Tennessee
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Lansing, Michigan
- Springfield, Illinois
These are all cities that the DOJ has determined are in need of help in the fight to reduce “gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence.” More cities will be added to that list.
Sessions said in a statement, “Turning back the recent troubling increase in violent crime in our country is a top priority of the Department of Justice and the Trump Administration, as we work to fulfill the President’s promise to make America safe again. The Department of Justice will work with American cities suffering from serious violent crime problems.”
“There is no doubt that there are many strategies that are proven to reduce crime,” Sessions added. “Our new National Public Safety Partnership program will help these communities build up their own capacity to fight crime, by making use of data-driven, evidence-based strategies tailored to specific local concerns, and by drawing upon the expertise and resources of our Department.”
Trump ran as a law and order candidate; this partnership shows that his administration is following through on his tough-on-crime rhetoric. Sessions himself has proven to be tough on crime with his decision to re-instate mandatory minimums for drug crimes in May.
If nothing else, Sessions’ DOJ will be an aid to local law enforcement, unlike the DOJ under Barack Obama, which routinely undermined local law enforcement.