Salt Lake City, UT ~ Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Thank you, John for that generous introduction and thank you for your leadership.
Thank you to:
Governor Gary Herbert
Attorney General Sean Reyes
Our Master of Ceremonies, AUSA Isaac Workman
Deb Livingston of ATF
Tim McDermott of DEA
Dan Brady of the FBI
U.S. Marshal Matt Harris
Robert Culley of ICE
Tara Sullivan of IRS Criminal Investigations
Police Chief Tom Ross, President of the Utah Chiefs of Police Association
Sheriff Paul Wimmer, President of the Utah Sheriffs Association
Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jess Anderson
And Colonel Brian Redd—who serves as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.
There are a lot more Utah law enforcement leaders here today.
Make no mistake about it: President Trump is a law and order president.
He took office with a mission, a mandate from the American people to restore public safety.
These trends were utterly unacceptable.
I am proud to say that there are signs that we are already achieving all of these goals.
The evidence is coming in that we have begun to achieve all four of my goals as Attorney General.
So how did we do it?
As this crowd knows, PSN began in 2001.
PSN works because of its emphasis on partnership with local communities, and because it has arisen from experience and sound research.
PSN is not a Washington-centered program.
Our goal is to make every community safer—especially the most vulnerable.
Partnering with community leaders, and taking the time to listen to the people we serve really works.
And it worked.
Today we have even more research, experience, and information than we did back then. The technologies and data available to us now far surpass what we’ve used in the past.
PSN is bringing successes like the one I saw in Mobile to communities all across America.
The defendant in that case is a felon and a documented gang member.
There are many, many more cases we could talk about. Our prosecutors in Utah are running up the score against the criminals.
At the same time, we charged the highest number of federal firearm defendants in history.
This past year we broke our own record—and it wasn’t even close.
We also charged nearly 20 percent more firearm defendants than we did in 2017 and 30 percent more than we charged in 2016.
Here’s what the critics don’t understand: we are going after violent felons. We are targeting the most dangerous people in the most violent areas who have guns.
PSN is completely bipartisan.
Utah has shown that is a good investment.
That includes $262,000 for the people of Utah.