U.S. Attorney for NM going after violent offenders | KOB 4

U.S. Attorney for NM going after violent offenders

Kai Porter
August 09, 2018 07:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - John Anderson, who became U.S. Attorney for the New Mexico District in February, spoke at a League of Women Voters luncheon Thursday afternoon about violent crime in our state.


Anderson says his office is working to implement changes in the Albuquerque Police Department that are required by the Department of Justice, as part of the settlement agreement.

"It's been a long process in getting up to speed, but at this point, we are making real progress towards the goals that are set out in the agreement," said Anderson.

Anderson says his office is also partnering with state and local law enforcement agencies to go after our state's most violent offenders, especially in the metro area.

"As the federal government, we are principally working on gun crime,” he said. “So we also partner with ATF and try to investigate and prosecute that small number of offenders that generate an outsized amount of crime in the city."

Anderson says nationally, Native American populations experience a violent crime rate that's disproportionate to the rest of the country.

"So there, we partner with obviously FBI, DEA, but also local and tribal law enforcement in an effort to bring resources to those often overlooked communities and to reduce that incidence of violent crime,” said Anderson. 

Before President Trump appointed Anderson as U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, he was an attorney in Santa Fe and was the Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2008-2013.


Kai Porter

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