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Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Announces New Effort to Reduce Violent Crime

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland has announced a new Department of Justice (DOJ) effort to help protect communities from the recent increase in major violent crimes.

“The Deputy Attorney General is issuing a comprehensive strategy to deploy our federal resources in the most effective way, disrupting the most dangerous threats and supporting the ground-level efforts of local law enforcement," said Attorney General Garland.

The strategy is three-pronged:

  1. It establishes a set of four fundamental principles to be applied Department-wide to guide violent crime reduction.
  2. It enhances the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.
  3. It directs each U.S. Attorney’s Office to work with its state, local, federal, Tribal, and community partners to establish an immediate plan to address spikes in violent crime that are typically seen during the summer.

Read the DOJ press release and access the corresponding fact sheet to learn more. 

Date Published: May 26, 2021