CHARLOTTE – Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced two new crime task forces-- one in Charlotte and the other in western Pennsylvania to combat rising crime rates.
The task forces will concentrate on violent crimes and will allow federal agents to work closely with local officers.
It’s similar to what's already being done with gang-related crime on the Safe Streets Task Force.
Sessions called a recent collaboration that led to the indictment of more than 80 gang members a huge success.
“This operation—with more than 600 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers involved—serves as a wonderful example of what we can achieve we work together,” said Sessions.
Sessions said over the past two years violent crime is up nearly seven percent across the nation and murder is up more than 20 percent.
However, he added that President Donald Trump "has the backs" of our nation's police officers and is committed to bringing those numbers down.