The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced yesterday that it will receive additional resources devoted to combating violent crime.

The district will get an additional Assistant U.S. Attorney focusing exclusively on violent crime, one of 40 new federal prosecutors selected by the Trump administration for 27 districts throughout the country.

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The Eastern District covers 41 counties and has five divisions, with its main office in Little Rock.

From the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Cody Hiland‘s press release:

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“Led by our 94 United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) task forces are hitting the streets across America to apprehend and bring violent criminals to justice,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “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. To put them in the best position to impact and reduce violent crime, it is my privilege to announce that through a re-allocation of resources, we will be enlisting and deploying 40 additional violent crime prosecutors across the United States.”

Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas (EDAR), has made combatting violent crime, particularly gang and gun crimes, a top priority since being sworn into office in October 2017. Hiland will announce new initiatives and programs intended to address the acute violent crime problems facing the EDAR, particularly Little Rock. The addition of a violent crime AUSA will aid in this effort.

“The Attorney General has made curbing violent crime a focal point of his administration, and I am pleased that he has awarded this needed position to our office,” Hiland said. “Violent crime, especially gun crimes, continues to be a plague on our communities. In the coming weeks I will be announcing measures to ensure that people who commit these crimes will be prosecuted with the full force of federal law. We will continue to team with both federal and local law enforcement partners and use all available resources and strategies to keep the law-abiding citizens of the Eastern District of Arkansas safe. …”

“Prosecuting those who commit violent crimes will be a priority for this office, and we will use whatever tools we have at our disposal to meet this priority,” Hiland said. “The people and communities we serve deserve nothing less.”