Michigan to add assistant U.S. attorney to fight violent crime

MARQUETTE — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently selected the Western District of Michigan to receive more resources to combat violent crime.

The district will receive an additional assistant U.S. attorney to focus exclusively on violent crime, one of 40 new federal prosecutors in 27 selected locations throughout the United States, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

“Led by our 94 United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Neighborhoods task forces are hitting the streets across America to apprehend and bring violent criminals to justice,” Sessions said in the release. “I have asked Congress for additional PSN funding next year because I believe nothing will be more effective at reducing violent crime. Under this program, I am asking a great deal of our United States attorneys. I am both empowering them and holding them accountable for results.”

Andrew Birge, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan, said in the release that the additional attorney will be a “significant force multiplier” in his office’s efforts on targeting violent crime.

“West Michigan benefits from law enforcement leadership throughout the district attuned to the public safety needs of the communities they serve,” Birge said. “My office looks forward to adding this important resource to our collective efforts. We expect this position to be filled in the next few months.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in West Michigan partners with federal, state and local law enforcement.