The Justice Department is sending teams of federal agents to 15 cities to deal with violent crime, Attorney General John Ashcroft said today, reports the Associated Press. “The violent crime rate has plunged to the lowest level in 30 years, but we view these impressive results as just the beginning,” he said. “Our goal is to make an immediate impact on these communities by targeting repeat offenders with tough prosecutions and tough sentences.” Teams from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Marshals Service; and Drug Enforcement Administration will be assigned to each 15 city for six months.
The 15 cities are Albuquerque; Baltimore; Chattanooga; Tampa; Miami; Richmond; Greensboro, N.C.; Tulsa.; Pittsburgh; Las Vegas; Columbus, Ohio; Philadelphia; Los Angeles; Tucson; and the Washington, D.C.-Northern Virginia region.