Teams of federal investigators looking to curb increases in murder and robbery will visit several U.S. cities in order to pinpoint the root causes of community violence, the Justice Department is expected to announce Monday. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales plans to outline the initiative in an appearance at the annual meeting of the nation’s police chiefs in Boston, the Justice Department said.
The federal program will dispatch investigators to several cities during the next few weeks to look at possible causes of increased violence, reports USA Today. The department didn’t identify the cities. Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, called the Justice Department review “an unprecedented effort” to assess the level of violence.