2 Alabama cities, 1 in Louisiana join violent crime program

Two more Alabama cities and one in Louisiana are among the latest participants in a Department of Justice initiative aimed at reducing violent crime nationwide.

The National Public Safety Partnership was launched in 2017 in response to President Donald Trump’s directive to reduce crime and improve public safety. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions selected Birmingham, Alabama as one of 12 initial partnership sites. Al.com reports Attorney General William Barr on Monday announced 10 more cities, including Anniston and Oxford.

The other sites are: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Anchorage, Alaska; Davenport, Iowa; Wichita, Kansas; Baltimore, Maryland; Cleveland, Ohio; Amarillo, Texas and Harris County, Texas.

In a Department of Justice news release, Barr says the program directs federal law enforcement resources to cities where they can have the greatest impact.

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