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Congressman David Kustoff

Representing the 8th District of Tennessee

Kustoff Applauds Federal Assistance to Tackle Violent Crime in Memphis and Jackson

June 20, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08) today released the following statement in response to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) announcement that Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee are among the 12 cities joining the Department’s National Public Safety Partnership (PSP).

“I applaud the decision made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to partner with local authorities in the fight against violent crime, and I am grateful that Memphis and Jackson are among the 12 cities chosen,” said Kustoff. “With the Department of Justice’s valuable resources and strong support, our dedicated law enforcement in West Tennessee can implement advanced strategies to track crime patterns and enforce the laws that are already on the books. Together, local, state and federal law enforcement can tackle crime at the source, prevent violence and make our communities safer in West Tennessee and across the country.”

The Justice Department created PSP and the task force in response to President Trump’s February 9, 2017, Executive Order charging the agency with leading a national effort to combat violent crime. The partnership provides a framework for enhancing federal support of state, local and tribal law enforcement officials and prosecutors as they aggressively investigate and pursue violent criminals, specifically those involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence.

Kustoff is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, serving on three subcommittees for the 115th Congress: Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, Oversight and Investigation and Terrorism and Illicit Finance. He previously served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee under President George W. Bush.