Alaska's senators welcome federal help for addressing crime

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The Trump administration is increasing efforts to help curb crime in Anchorage and the state of Alaska on a whole.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) says she would prefer Anchorage not be on the list that needs help with addressing crime. (Source: Gray DC)

In addition to the public safety emergency declaration late last week, the city of Anchorage is now also a member of the National Public Safety Partnership, a federal program meant to help state, local and tribal law enforcement officials and prosecutors with more resources to go after serious criminals.

Being on this list means Anchorage is one of ten cities across the country with levels of violence that far exceed the national average and demonstrate a commitment to reducing crime. Alaska’s senators say this is not a list they want their cities showing up on.

"This is not a fact that any of us in Anchorage are proud of. We want to try to address it. I think our mayor, our governor, our delegation...we’re all doing what we can at different levels to try to address it," said Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) echoed that sentiment, but welcomes the help.

"In some ways you don’t want to be on that list but since we’re on the list it’s good that they’re coming to help. But they can bring expertise in integration with our local and state officials that I think can be really effective," said Sullivan.

The public safety partnership is a three year program.