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Sen. Jerry Moran and U.S. Attorney General give their opening remarks during a law enforcement roundtable at Wichita State on Oct. 2. The press was not allowed to ask any questions of Barr following their opening remarks and before the roundtable began.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr was on Wichita State’s campus Oct. 2 for a roundtable event. Barr was invited by Sen. Jerry Moran to attend a roundtable discussion about state and local law enforcement.

“I wanted to come here to Kansas because this is one of the most successful federal, state and local law enforcement partnerships we have in the country,” Barr said. “Senator Moran and I have been talking about how we can take things a step further to keep the pressure up against violent crime, drugs, gun violence (and) gangs.”

According to the FBI website, the preliminary crime reports from the first half of 2018 show that crime has continued to decline. Burglaries from 2017 to 2018 had shown to be down 12.7%, motor vehicle thefts declined by 3.3% and all property crime categories showed a decrease.

While these decreases are good, there are still some places across the country that are seeing a spike in their crime rates, including rural areas, Barr said.

“There’s still some places around the country where the crime rate is substantially above the national average and we’re seeing some upticks in crime,” Barr said. “Not only in our big cities, but we’re also seeing crime in some rural areas start going up as some of the drug-trafficking organizations are avoiding the enforcement regimes of the bigger cities.”

After Barr spoke, Moran echoed the Attorney General’s statements and added that he wanted to focus on finding better resources for those in Kansas’ jailing system.

“We are housing people who we can’t help, but they are in our jails,” Moran said. “They need care and treatment.”

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