Department of Justice awards millions to Project Safe Neighborho - FOX34 Lubbock

Department of Justice awards millions to Project Safe Neighborhoods program

Posted: Updated:
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.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • LPD officer on administrative leave, dept. reviewing 'East side rabble' post

    LPD officer on administrative leave, dept. reviewing 'East side rabble' post

    Within hours of learning a 15-year veteran of the Lubbock Police Department appeared to have made disparaging comments about East Lubbock on Facebook, Police Chief Floyd Mitchell announced the officer has been placed on administrative leave.
    Within hours of learning a 15-year veteran of the Lubbock Police Department appeared to have made disparaging comments about East Lubbock on Facebook, Police Chief Floyd Mitchell announced the officer has been placed on administrative leave.
  • Restaurant owner, ex-college athlete among victims of unrest

    Restaurant owner, ex-college athlete among victims of unrest

    Tuesday, June 2 2020 4:23 AM EDT2020-06-02 08:23:11 GMT
    Tuesday, June 2 2020 5:23 PM EDT2020-06-02 21:23:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/Darron Cummings). A protester holds a sign during a protest over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Breonna Taylor, a black woman, was fatally shot by police in her home in March.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings). A protester holds a sign during a protest over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Breonna Taylor, a black woman, was fatally shot by police in her home in March.
    (AP Photo/Darron Cummings). A protester holds a sign during a protest over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Breonna Taylor, a black woman, was fatally shot by police in her home in March.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings). A protester holds a sign during a protest over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Breonna Taylor, a black woman, was fatally shot by police in her home in March.
    Amid protests seeking justice for a black man killed after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck, several people have lost their lives.
    Amid protests seeking justice for a black man killed after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck, several people have lost their lives.
  • South Plains College selects Marcie Miller for 2020 Faculty Excellence Award

    South Plains College selects Marcie Miller for 2020 Faculty Excellence Award

    South Plains College recently selected Marcie Miller for 2020 Faculty Excellence Award. The award recognizes a faculty member for exemplary work in the classroom, service to the college and service to the community.
    South Plains College recently selected Marcie Miller for 2020 Faculty Excellence Award. The award recognizes a faculty member for exemplary work in the classroom, service to the college and service to the community.
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2020 RAMAR. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.