LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal and local police officials in southern Nevada say they’re making a dent in neighborhood crime by working together.

Henderson police Chief Jutta (YOU’-tah) Chambers said Tuesday that if criminals don’t care what jurisdiction they’re in, law enforcers can’t worry about which agency handles the case.

FBI, ATF, immigration and customs officials and Nevada Youth Alliance chief David Osman joined U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden to highlight Project Safe Neighborhoods.

Chambers says residents just want a place where children can safely play.

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie says violent crime, murders, assaults and robberies are all down in the Las Vegas area this year. He says interagency cooperation has helped.

Bogden says that since 2002, a task force has screened 3,600 cases — with 1,100 leading to federal charges.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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