TOPEKA — Kansas has two new federal prosecutors who will be charged with combating violent crime in the state.
The announcement came Tuesday in a news release from the office of Stephen McAllister, who is U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Department of Justice is allocating 190 new assistant U.S. attorneys nationwide to increase prosecutions for violent crime. The release stated it is the largest such increase in decades.
From that nationwide allocation, the District of Kansas will receive two new assistant U.S. attorney positions dedicated to fighting violent crime.
“The addition of two Assistant United States Attorney to prosecute violent crime in Kansas will make an immediate and significant impact on our efforts,” McAllister said in the news release. “The timing of these new prosecutorial resources could not be better.
"Our office is in the early stages of implementing Project Safe Neighborhoods 2.0, an initiative that targets communities where violence is a particular problem for additional federal investigations and prosecutions. We will do everything in our power to take the most violent offenders off the streets of Kansas communities.
"I thank the Attorney General and the leadership of the Department of Justice for providing these important prosecutorial resources to the District of Kansas.”
In the Tuesday news release, Sessions said that "under President Trump's strong leadership, the Department of Justice is going on offense against violent crime, illegal immigration, and the opioid crisis — and today we are sending in reinforcements.
"We have a saying in my office that a new federal prosecutor is 'the coin of the realm.' When we can eliminate wasteful spending, one of my first questions to my staff is if we can deploy more prosecutors to where they are needed. I have personally worked to re-purpose existing funds to support this critical mission, and as a former federal prosecutor myself, my expectations could not be higher. These exceptional and talented prosecutors are key leaders in our crime fighting partnership. This addition of new Assistant U.S. Attorney positions represents the largest increase in decades.”