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AG William Barr announces ‘Operation Relentless Pursuit’ to combat violent crime in Detroit

Initiative is aimed at reducing violent crime in 7 cities

Attorney General William Barr speaks at a news conference Dec. 18, 2019 in Detroit.
Attorney General William Barr speaks at a news conference Dec. 18, 2019 in Detroit. (WDIV)

DETROIT – U.S. Attorney General William Barr was in Detroit on Wednesday to announce “Operation Relentless Pursuit,” a new initiative aimed at reducing violent crime in Detroit and six other cities.

Barr said he is allocating $71 million to help fight violent crime in Detroit. The AG also said more federal agents will be hired and assigned to the Detroit area so that they can create more task forces to fight violent crime.

“Americans deserve to live in safety,” Barr said. “While nationwide violent crime rates are down, many cities continue to see levels of extraordinary violence. Operation Relentless Pursuit seeks to ensure that no American city is excluded from the peace and security felt by the majority of Americans, while also supporting those who serve and protect in these communities with the resources, training, and equipment they need to stay safe.”

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives acting director Regina Lombardo said the operation combines the resources of multiple federal agencies to support state and local law enforcement partners in cities that experience high rates of violent crime.

Barr pledged to “intensify federal law enforcement resources” into the following cities:

  • Albuquerque
  • Baltimore
  • Cleveland
  • Detroit
  • Kansas City
  • Memphis
  • Milwaukee

Barr was joined by the following people during the announcement:

  • Director Christopher Wray, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Acting Director Regina Lombardo, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Director Donald W. Washington, United States Marshals Service
  • United States Attorney Matthew Schneider for the Eastern District of Michigan

The announcement took place at The United States Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Michigan at 2:30 p.m.


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