Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised that the Justice Department would help lead the fight against crime. Police chiefs have been asking for help from the Justice Department in dealing with the recent upward fluctuation in crime after decades of steady decline. Requests have been diverse: funding for after-school programs to help kids in violent neighborhoods, help processing evidence, tracing guns, and helping with intelligence gathering to prevent crime.
The Justice Department has been focusing on preventing cyberattacks and counter-terrorism efforts. The shift to fighting violence would put new pressure on the Department’s already strapped resources.