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Combating violent crime with a surge in federal law enforcement

Posted at 6:53 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 18:53:57-05

BALTIMORE — On Wednesday, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative aimed at combating violent crime in seven of America’s most violent cities—including Baltimore—through a surge in federal resources.

U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur and Baltimore based law enforcement leaders announced their participation in the initiative as well. The leaders were on teh federal, state and local level.

“Americans deserve to live in safety,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “And while nationwide violent crime rates are down, many cities continue to see levels of extraordinary violence. Operation Relentless Pursuit seeks to ensure that no American city is excluded from the peace and security felt by the majority of Americans, while also supporting those who serve and protect in these communities with the resources, training, and equipment they need to stay safe.”

The initiative will involve increasing the number of federal law enforcement officers to the cities, as well as bulking up federal task forces. There will also be a financial commitment of up to $71 million in federal grant funding to hire new officers, pay overtime and benefits, finance federally deputized task force officers and provide mission-critical equipment and technology.