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Monday, October 16, 2006

Federal Crime Teams To Visit U.S. Cities

From USATODAY.com: Teams of federal investigators looking to curb increases in murder and robbery will visit several U.S. cities in order to pinpoint the root causes of community violence, the Justice Department is expected to announce today.

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales plans to outline the initiative in an appearance at the annual meeting of the nation's police chiefs in Boston, the Justice Department said.

The Justice review comes after the Police Executive Research Forum, a national police advocacy group, reported last week that murder, robbery and assault offenses had increased substantially in a cross-section of cities during the first six months of 2006.

The federal program will dispatch investigators to several cities during the next few weeks to look at possible causes of increased violence, according to an outline of the initiative provided by the Justice Department. The department didn't identify the cities.

Teams also are scheduled to visit communities where crime has declined to determine which crime-prevention tactics have been most effective, the Justice Department said.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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