Federal, state, local agencies target Lubbock neighborhood

Federal, state, local agencies target Lubbock neighborhood

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Nine agencies including the FBI, U.S. Marshals, and Homeland Security have their eyes on a specific part of town. It is all a part of project safe neighborhoods, where these federal agencies partner with state and local law enforcement to put an end to violent crimes. 

Federal prosecutors will start working with investigators to press tougher charges and stiffen penalties. 

Lubbock is the third city in our region joining this nation-wide effort. The U.S. Attorney's Office looked at data over the past several years and found the area around Central Lubbock was prone to violent crimes. It is now known as the Lubbock hot spot. 

"When a community trusts law enforcement, it thrives," U.S. Attorney for the Northern district in Texas, Erin Nealy Cox said. 

In 2017, new data showed aggravated assaults increased 30 percent over the past four years in the particular area. 

"We have found that when we focus our efforts on one geographic city like Lubbock the entire city benefits from that effort." Cox said. 

Both Dallas and Amarillo currently have project safe neighborhoods. In just six months, crime in the Amarillo hot spot went down five percent. The hope is it has the safe effect here.

"I hear gunshots constantly, at least one or two a week in not more," One Central Lubbock resident told us. 

One resident said she it has gotten so dangerous she will not let her kids play outside by themselves. She adds it has gotten worse over the past few years and is grateful for this program.

It will last for two years. If data shows other hot spots throughout Lubbock, the Justice Department could target other neighborhoods. If you spot any crime, you are encouraged to report it to LubbockPSN@ATF.gov

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