DOJ Seal

Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Ohio

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
David A. Sierleja
, United States Attorney
Contact: Mike Tobin

Toledo One of 12 Cities Selected to Receive Additional Federal Support in Combating Violent Crime

Toledo is one of a dozen cities selected to receive additional federal support in combating violent crime, law enforcement officials announced today.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that 12 cities are joining the Department’s newly organized National Public Safety Partnership (PSP). The partnership is part of the Department of Justice’s efforts to fulfill President Trump’s commitment to reducing violent crime in America, The announcement came during the opening session of a national summit organized by the Attorney General’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. The summit convened federal, state and local law enforcement to discuss how to support and replicate successful local violent crime reduction efforts.


More information about the program is available at


“Turning back the recent troubling increase in violent crime in our country is a top priority of the Department of Justice and the Trump Administration, as we work to fulfill the President’s promise to make America safe again,” said Attorney General Sessions. “The Department of Justice will work with American cities suffering from serious violent crime problems. There is no doubt that there are many strategies that are proven to reduce crime. Our new National Public Safety Partnership program will help these communities build up their own capacity to fight crime, by making use of data-driven, evidence-based strategies tailored to specific local concerns, and by drawing upon the expertise and resources of our Department.”


“The Toledo Police Department is pleased to have been selected as one of the twelve cities that will be receiving assistance under the Department of Justice’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety,” Toledo Police Chief George Kral said. “Resources given to the City of Toledo under this program will only add to our already successful Data Driven Policing Strategy and further promote Mayor Hicks-Hudson’s vision of safe and livable neighborhoods throughout the City of Toledo.”


“Federal law enforcement is ready to build on our longstanding partnership with Toledo,” Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja said. “We will continue to work together to combat violent crime in Northwest Ohio.”


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.


PSP builds on lessons learned from a pilot concept known as the Violence Reduction Network (VRN) and serves as a DOJ-wide program that enables cities to consult with and receive coordinated training and technical assistance and an array of resources from DOJ to enhance local violence reduction strategies. PSP comprises two distinct levels of engagement: diagnostic and operations. These two complementary levels of engagement are offered based on the needs of the jurisdiction. This model enables DOJ to provide American cities of different sizes and diverse needs with data-driven, evidence-based strategies tailored to the unique local needs of participating cities to address serious violent crime challenges tailored to their unique local needs.

Toledo has been selected for operational support, which will last for up to three years.

Twelve sites have been selected to receive this significant assistance:


o Birmingham, Alabama

o Indianapolis, Indiana

o Memphis, Tennessee

o Toledo, Ohio

o Baton Rouge, Louisiana

o Buffalo, New York

o Cincinnati, Ohio

o Houston, Texas

o Jackson, Tennessee

o Kansas City, Missouri

o Lansing, Michigan

o Springfield, Illinois

We anticipate announcing additional sites this calendar year.

The Justice Department agencies involved in PSP are the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Office of Justice Programs; the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Marshals Service; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Office on Violence Against Women; and the Office of Community Oriented Policing.

Columbus Field Division