PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

U.S. Cities Try ‘Surge’ Tactic To Fight Crime

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the media at Philadelphia City Hall on Monday after Holder announced more than $111 million in funding for more than 800 law enforcement positions across the country, including 44 in cities in Pennsylvania, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. (AP)

Remember the “surge?” That was the tactic used by the U.S. military in both Iraq and Afghanistan — increasing troop levels as part of a strategy to seize the initiative in those wars.

A version is now being tried here to help cities fight crime. The basic idea is to move federal agents into a troubled city for a limited period and focus on violent criminals who would be subject to federal prosecution.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Philadelphia this week with the city’s mayor, Michael Nutter, to announce that the federal government had assigned more than 50 agents, intelligence analysts, and investigators to the city for a four month period.

Guest:

  • Evan Perez, Wall Street Journal

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

May 25 Comment

Celebrating The Class Of 2016: Peace Odiase

Odiase is one of two valedictorians at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee.

May 25 7 Comments

NEADS Service Dog Meets His Match

Here & Now has been tracking service dog Bailey, who recently met his new owner, since last year.

May 24 19 Comments

Remembering A Forgotten Scandal At Yale

Mark Oppenheimer was surprised to find how the scandal impacted those involved, almost 60 years later.

May 24 9 Comments

Arizona’s ‘Adopt-A-Burro’ Program Tries To Solve An Overpopulation Issue

The small donkeys are federally protected animals, but cause problems like digging up plants and walking on highways.