(TargetLiberty.org) – The Justice Department (DOJ) has announced an intensified effort to combat violent crime and carjackings in Washington, D.C., according to a statement released on Friday.
Attorney General Merrick Garland highlighted in the announcement that despite a notable reduction in violent crime across various regions of the country last year, the battle against crime, particularly in the District of Columbia, is far from over.
Garland emphasized that this enhancement of law enforcement resources in the capital is an extension of the DOJ’s ongoing initiatives to dismantle the networks and individuals that are central to the perpetration of violent crimes. He assured that the Department is committed to ensuring the safety of all American communities from the threat of violent crime.
As part of this initiative, the DOJ plans to deploy additional law enforcement capabilities and resources specifically aimed at those contributing to the surge in violent crimes and carjackings in D.C. This includes the support of the Gun Violence Analytic Cell (GVAC), a collaborative effort led by the FBI and involving partners from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The GVAC will leverage data analytics to pinpoint federal investigations that should be initiated to address violent crimes and carjackings effectively.
This announcement comes in the context of rising concerns about safety in the nation’s capital, underscored by an incident in October when Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) was a victim of carjacking in Washington. Reflecting on the incident, Cuellar remarked on the comparative danger posed by the capital, suggesting it to be significantly higher than that of his home district along the U.S. southern border. Despite the challenges faced at the border, Cuellar stressed the importance of supporting law enforcement as a cornerstone for maintaining societal order and safety.
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