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U.S. Attorney for Wyoming talks about Project Guardian, stresses importance of law and order

U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, Mark Klaassen, at his office Tuesday.
U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, Mark Klaassen, at his office Tuesday.(Will Thomas)
Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 5:01 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Mark Klaassen is the U.S. Attorney for the district of Wyoming. Tuesday Klaasen spoke about Project Guardian, a U.S. Department of Justice program that began in November of 2019.

Project Guardian comes after the DOJ’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and focuses on the illegal use or possession of a firearm in violent crimes. Specifically using intelligence to target criminals and prosecute them the best way possible to keep communities safe.

“We want to see what we can do that actually improves the quality of life for all our citizens. It’s really vitally important as well because it helps us form those partnerships, those vital partnerships with really the folks that know their communities,” said Klaassen.

The folks Klaassen is talking about are local law enforcement agencies, which he said having a partnership with, makes it all work. Law enforcement helps the prosecutors identify dangerous criminals who potentially could be prosecuted federally. Federal prosecution could lead to more jail time and keep the more dangerous criminals out of the community.

Klaassen said on top of making communities safer, law and order is vital to the prosperity of Wyoming.

“Law and order, I believe it’s essential to our prosperity as a state. We absolutely have to have those things right in order for our communities to function and for it to be a place that people really want to live," said Klaassen.

Klaassen said crime rates spike from year to year, so they try to focus on longer periods of time when it comes to the numbers. He said success for Project Guardian is measured by those major crimes (murder, robbery, aggravated assault and rape) being down over longer periods of time.

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