United States – The Department of Justice intensified its response to the reduction in the number of violent crimes in the United States by opening a specialized gun intelligence center in Chicago and expanding anti-carjacking task forces.

Addressing Ongoing Concerns

During an interview with The Associated Press, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco expressed that “much more to be done,” and communities are not safe yet, even though the rate of crfallenny places has fallen following the coronavirus pandemic spike, as reported by Associated Press.

“No level of violence is acceptable,” Monaco said during a trip to Chicago this week. “We are seeing progress, but we’re far from done. We must double down on the strategies that work by bringing federal resources to act as force multipliers.”

Coordinated Efforts and Presidential Priorities

U.S. President Joe Biden. Credit | AP Photo

These initiatives are part of a coordinated effort devised by the administration of President Joe Biden to address violent crimes — an issue that is very relevant to the Democratic candidate’s election campaign, which targets young voters who are deeply concerned about gun violence. The Republicans used violent happenings in some cities like Washington, which is the nation’s capital, to frame the Democratic Party as being the soft-on-crime party.

Last week, the law enforcement unit – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives completed the process of drafting a new rule that will oblige thousands of firearms dealers who sell weapons outside brick-and-mortar stores or at exhibitions to run background checks on the buyers. Gun rights groups are going to file lawsuits with the next step.

Collaborative Strategies in Chicago

In Chicago, the gun crime intelligence center at the city’s ATF office is where federal agents, state and local police, and federal and local prosecutors work alongside each other. This collaboration enables the pooling of firearm intelligence and analysis to better detect and identify firearm traffickers and prolific shooters, the officials explained.

It is based on many similar ATF-operated centers across the nation. The Chicago site will house 65 agents, cops, analysts, and prosecutors.

“The goal is to catch more violent people, truly violent. And, second, to do a better job at seeing if we can prevent them from getting armed in the first place,” ATF Director Steve Dettelbach said in an interview. “The first days and hours after an incident are crucial to the investigation, and being able to have everybody together, looking at that data every single day and making decisions, is a real game changer.”

The town of Chicago is one of the most dangerous places in America regarding gun violence, despite the fact that there was registered a decrease in the number of shootings and homicides last year, according to police data. The news follows the fact that the girl was shot dead and ten other people were wounded in a shooting, which the police believe was gang-related, that occurred in the South Side of the city.

“Every innocent life lost to gun violence is one too many,” Monaco said. “And every shooter evading justice is one too many.”

FBI data released from agencies usually accounting for about 80% of U.S. law enforcement agencies showed that murders in total dropped by 13% and violent crimes overall decreased by 6% in the last quarter of 2024 compared with the same time in the previous year. Final detailed data for 2023, to be released in the fall, is now anticipated.

Targeted Responses to Rising Concerns

With the nationwide surge in carjackings, the Justice Department has also founded additional task forces, especially in seven U.S. attorney’s offices, including the Eastern District of Texas, Northern District of Alabama, and Northern District of California. Task forces, which are now eleven offices separated between ATF and FBI agents, federal prosecutors, and state and local law enforcement, are conducting the investigation, as reported by Associated Press.

Introducing the officials from the federal level at the very early stage of carjacking investigations, even if the cases end up being prosecuted locally- will help with the procedure of asset reclaim, such as tracing firearms, performing forensics analyses, or getting search warrants and subpoenas.


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