Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, who has been chosen by President Trump to be second in command at the Justice Department, told city and state law enforcement leaders their job is to “instill fear in criminals” to deter crime, the Baltimore Sun reports. Rosenstein said when he came to Baltimore 12 years ago, there was a perception that there were no consequences for crime. “None of us like sending people to prison. Unfortunately, that’s our job,” he said. “We have to find a way to reassure honest, law-abiding people — but we do need to deter the criminals causing problems in our communities.”
His remarks were made to the Baltimore Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, a monthly meeting of city and state law enforcement leaders. Rosenstein said he believes Trump and Attorney General Sessions are “committed to focusing on violent crime.” “I know most people in this room didn’t vote for the current president. It’s quite possible nobody in this room voted for the current president,” he said. “To me, this is not a political issue. This is about saving lives and making communities safe.” Rosenstein was appointed by President George W. Bush and is the longest-serving U.S. attorney in the U.S., having held his post since 2005. He was kept on by the Obama administration, winning praise from leaders of both parties.