NEW HAVEN, CT — Flanked by city and state leaders, United States Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday unveiled a “longevity” plan aimed at perpetrators of gun violence in cities across Connecticut.
Holder joined Gov. Dannel Malloy, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, city mayors and civic leaders across the state to launch Project Longevity, a program that harnesses the resources of important groups such as civic leaders, service providers, federal, state and local law enforcement to fight violence in urban areas.
Although crime statistics show an overall decrease in violent crime in Connecticut this year compared to 2011, violent crime persists, especially in the state’s largest cities.
This multi-jurisdictional plan is targeted at cities with known gang members, officials said.
“Project Longevity will send a powerful message to those who would commit violent crimes targeting their fellow citizens that such acts will not be tolerated and that help is available for all those who wish to break the cycle of violence and gang activity,” Holder said. “Today’s announcement underscores our commitment to working together — across levels of government and jurisdictional boundaries — to protect the American people from the crime that threatens too many neighborhoods and claims far too many innocent lives.”
According to Connecticut U.S. State Attorney David Fein, this strategy has worked to reduce gun violence in other major cities across the country, including Chicago and Cincinnati. Federal and state officials are committed to making it work in Connecticut.
This is the first time the strategy will be implemented on a state-wide basis. The project will start in New Haven and will then be implemented in Bridgeport and Hartford.