AG Schmitt Renews Dedication to Fight Violent Crime with Swearing In of Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys

Apr 11, 2019, 14:41 PM
Apr 11, 2019, 14:39 PM
St. Louis, Mo. – Today, Attorney General Schmitt renewed his dedication to fighting violent crime and announced the swearing in of the five Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the St. Louis region through the Safer Streets Initiative. Schmitt announced the Safer Streets Initiative, an unprecedented cooperative effort with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, on January 22nd, and expanded the initiative to cover Springfield and Kansas City in mid-February. 

“Tackling a problem as large and widespread as violent crime takes constant action and discussion. With the swearing in of these five talented Special Assistant U.S. Attorney’s and continuing our work with U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen and his talented team, I’m reminding Missourians that I’m not backing down from fighting violent crime,” said Attorney General Schmitt. 

“When I was appointed U.S. Attorney, violent crime was our most pressing problem,” said U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen. “We have and continue to dedicate the resources necessary to combat violent crime and prosecute those committing violence in our community.  We appreciate the additional support of the Missouri Attorney General and his office in these efforts, and we look forward to working closely with these dedicated attorneys.” 

“From my experience in prosecuting crime in St. Louis, I’ve seen first-hand the scope of the issue of violent crime and the impact it has on the community,” said Jennifer Szczucinski, one of five newly minted Special Assistant United States Attorneys. “I’m incredibly proud of the work I’ve been able to do with the Attorney General’s Office, and I welcome this new opportunity to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to continue to work towards safer streets.”

In one of his first acts as Attorney General, Schmitt announced the Safer Streets Initiative in St. Louis on January 22nd. Schmitt then expanded the initiative to include Kansas City and Springfield in mid-February. Under the initiative, five Assistant Attorneys General in the St. Louis region, and multiple in the Kansas City and Springfield region, will be deputized as Special Assistant United States Attorneys. With this unprecedented cooperative effort between the Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, these Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys will add extra might to further and more effectively prosecute violent crime. 

The five Special Assistant United States Attorneys, who were sworn in by Honorable Rodney Sippel, Chief Judge of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, are Katharine Dolin, Gregory Goodwin, Jennifer Szczucinski, Natalie Warner, and Jordan Williams. All of the Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys have extensive experience in criminal prosecution and will join a talented team at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.