The U.S. Justice Department's surge of 50 agents, who have been working with Philadelphia police and the District Attorney's Office, is having a welcome payoff. Since early June, they've made 300 arrests on assault, drug, weapons, and other charges, and seized 80 guns.
The Violent Crime Reduction Partnership represents an unprecedented level of cooperation, according to Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison. The theory behind the project is that a small number of Philadelphians commit a large number of crimes.
The partnership has identified the city's top troublemakers and is going after them. The partnership is building systems to share intelligence on dangerous individuals, areas, and businesses.