A Attorney General William Barr signed a public security emergency and announced that the Department of Justice would allocate more than $ 10 million to support local law enforcement in Alaska aboriginal villages.
Alaska, which has the country's highest per capita crime rate, has been plagued with law enforcement issues in small communities, mostly Alaskan, across the state. Last month, it was reported that one out of every three communities in the state this year eventually lost local law enforcement.
"When I visited Alaska in May, I saw first-hand how complex, unique and bad law enforcement challenges Alaska State and its remote indigenous communities in Alaska," said Barr, 69, in a Friday statement. "With this emergency declaration, I am channeling resources to where they are most needed to support local law enforcement agencies in Alaskan indigenous communities whose population is struggling with extremely high levels of violence."
Many of the small communities, Distributed throughout the state and mostly accessible only by boat or plane, some of the highest rates of sexual assault and suicide occur. Alaska aborigines are disproportionately plagued by the crime.
The president of the Alaska Federation of Natives, Julie Kitka, praised Barr's move to the Anchorage Daily News . She sees the extent of Barr's statement as unprecedented for the state.
"We know US Attorney General William Barr clearly understands the urgency of the public safety situation in rural Alaska," Kitka said.
Barr said he gave the authorities in his department a month to present plans on how to handle public safety in the state. In addition, a further $ 1
"I want to be sure that the support this department offers to the Alaska Native Communities supports solutions identified by the communities themselves," said Barr. "The only way for us to provide effective support is to work with others. This is true in Alaska and throughout the Indian country. "