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Department of Justice awards millions to Project Safe Neighborhoods program

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Justice Department awards more than $30 million to its "Project Safe Neighborhoods" program.

It combats violent crime nationwide, focusing on using tools like gunshot detection systems, ballistics, tracing and anti-trafficking tools.

Last year U.S. attorneys prosecuted a record number of violent criminals, A 15 percent increase over 2016.

"The evidence is coming in that we have begun to achieve all four of those goals - reduce violent crimes, opiod prescriptions and opioid deaths reduce overdose deaths," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. "This achievement was clearly bases on our relationships with 85 percent of state and local law enforcement."

More than 300 federal prosecutors have been added to the ranks, focusing specifically on violent crime.

Attorney General Sessions said the department's goal isn't to fill up the courts or prisons, but to protect communities most devastated by violent crime.

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