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Western District of Kentucky add five federal prosecutors boosting ability to target violent crime

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

Five new federal prosecutors have been added in the Western District of Kentucky, boosting their ability to tackle violent crimes through the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative and to combat fraud against taxpayers.

U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman announced the hirings on Wednesday, part of what he calls a promise to crack down on violent crime in his 53 counties.

U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman

With the addition of the new Assistant United States Attorneys, the office now employs more than 40 full-time federal prosecutors. It also includes three Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Paducah field office, the first-ever long-term dedication of that amount of resources to the Purchase and Pennyrile areas of the state.

“I could not be more excited to swear in these talented and motivated new assistant U.S. Attorneys as they embody putting our money where our mouth is in promising to tackle violent crime and drug trafficking in our commonwealth,” Coleman said.

One year ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which Attorney General Sessions has made the centerpiece of the Department’s violent crime reduction strategy.

Last month, Coleman announced that 84 total federal gun cases in Louisville had been brought this calendar year, to crack down against violent criminal activity in Jefferson County. Other indictments targeting violent offenders will be announced later this year.

“Project Safe Neighborhoods is a proven program with demonstrated results,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “We know that the most effective strategy to reduce violent crime is based on sound policing policies that have proven effective over many years, which includes being targeted and responsive to community needs.

“I have empowered our United States Attorneys to focus enforcement efforts against the most violent criminals in their districts and directed that they work together with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners to develop tailored solutions to the unique violent crime problems they face,” Sessions said. “Each United States Attorney has prioritized the program, and I am confident that it will continue to reduce crime, save lives, and restore safety to our communities.”

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