Two cities in Calhoun County have been selected to join a nationwide initiative in an effort to reduce violent crime in America. United States Attorney General William Barr has announced the cities of Anniston and Oxford are now a part of the National Public Safety Partnership initiative.
The PSP provides a framework for enhancing federal support of state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials as they investigate and pursue violent crimes. Specifically those who are involved in gun crime, drug trafficking, and gang violence.
The Department of Justice created the PSP in response to President Donald Trump’s 2017 executive order to combat violent crime. A city must have sustained levels of violence that exceeds the national average while demonstrating a commitment to reducing crime in order to be considered to being a part of the initiative.
Attorney General Barr says several participating cities have already seen crime reduce dramatically over the past two years and the Department of Justice is determined to replicate that success in more cities across America.