State moves to combat rising tide of crime

A new anti-violent crime strategy has been organized to combat the rising tide of crime in Alaska.

The fundamental element of the renewal of the Project Safe Neighborhoods is a partnership with state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies developed in consultation with state and local Alaska agencies, including the Department of Law.

One of five components of the plan are anti-violence efforts in rural Alaska, which will focus on the partnership with the Alaska State Troopers, and be directed toward federal prosecution of violent felons and domestic abusers who possess firearms.

Acting U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder said that the goal of Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Alaska anti-violent crime strategy is to prevent crime, rather than fill prisons.

To that end, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is coupling the plan with new reentry efforts, including meeting with certain high-risk inmates scheduled for release from custody.

The purpose of this project is to make clear that violence and drug trafficking by repeat offenders will not be tolerated, but help is available for those who wish to break the cycle of violence, drug trafficking and gag activity to become productive citizens, Schroder said.