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Increase in Federal Law Enforcement Officers Fighting Crime in Philadelphia

Violent crimes make the news. Stories of criminal activity in Philadelphia have seemingly become a nightly occurrence on evening newscasts. Gun and drug crimes have been on the rise throughout the summer. According to Mayor Michael Nutter, murders are up 15 percent compared to 2010 and 2011 murder rates at this time.

Because of this increase, police are becoming more aggressive in their approach to fighting crime. They are performing extensive investigations to root out certain crimes before they happen, which can lead to arrests for those that are suspected of the criminal activity.

Police in the city have a new partner in their fight on crime - federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and DEA have increased their presence within Philadelphia. Attorney General Eric Holder stated that over 50 additional federal officers have arrived in the city as part of a surge to reduce crime.

The officers arrived June 4th, and will assist Philadelphia police for four months. The officers have been tasked with performing more detailed investigations that could result in federal charges for those suspects arrested by these agencies.

Officials have announced some of the results of the surge so far, with over 80 guns being removed from the streets. Additionally, the agencies have arrested over 300 individuals for various crimes.

With the increased police presence, more people may find themselves arrested and facing charges. There is a significant difference between state and federal charges. Federal crimes will carry significant sentences that will have to be served in a federal prison, and also carry the potential for high fines. State crimes could even result in extensive jail time, depending upon the charges that the individual is facing.

Source: 6abc.com "Justice Dept. joins Philadelphia war on crime" Nora Muchanic, July 23, 2012.

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