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Published on April 19, 2024
Western Washington Combats Carjacking Surge with New Federal Task ForceSource: Unsplash/ ev

In a major crackdown on violent crime, the U.S Attorney's office in Western Washington, spearheaded by Tessa M. Gorman, has deployed a new carjacking task force as part of a national push to quash the upsurge of vehicular heists that have terrorized communities, according to a recent report. The task force, a coalition drawing on the prowess of the FBI, ATF, local law enforcement, and prosecutors, is slated to take a hard line on carjackings—scrutinizing each incident for potential federal charges, particularly when adults are caught manipulating minors to carry out these felonious schemes.

"Our task force harnesses the resources of the FBI, ATF, the Seattle Police and Kent Police Departments," U.S. Attorney Gorman stated, underscoring the aggressive, collaborative stance the group is taking to prevent and punish carjackers; they are sending a clear message: those who exploit youths to commit crimes will face severe federal penalties. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco weighed in on the wider crime reduction strategy, hailing significant drops in violent crimes nationwide and signaling the carjacking task force initiative as a game-changer for reeling in lawlessness: "When prosecutors, officers, agents, and analysts come together to crunch data, share intelligence, and apply best practices, we can make real progress in the fight against all forms of violent crime, including carjacking."

Richard A. Collodi of the FBI's Seattle office echoed the sentiment of unity and effectiveness, proclaiming, "Addressing violent crime is a task that takes teamwork," which, in this context, means a concerted effort to protect and serve the terror-stricken communities. The Department of Justice's comprehensive strategy pegs these task forces as the spearhead in the battle against violent crimes, honing in on major crime sources and removing dangerous criminals from the streets.

Spinning off the success of previous task forces in Washington D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia, and Tampa—where data indicates that carjacking incidents are now on the decline—the Western District of Washington joins forces with six other districts that share a common mission to stamp out the violent threat; carjackings in Philadelphia have seen a 31 percent decrease, and armed carjackings are also taking a nosedive in D.C., dropping by 28 percent compared to last year's figures. True to form, the force will band together with state and local officials, aiding them in pursuing federal grant funding for programs that focus on juvenile intervention.