U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Farewell from Assistant Attorney General Regina B. Schofield

September 2007

On September 28, I will leave my post as Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). It has been the honor of my tenure in public service to lead OJP. In this short message, I cannot properly reflect upon the fine work of this agency and of our constituents. The issues we have addressed are issues to which I will remain committed for my lifetime.

I am proud of the contributions we have made to public safety over the past 2 years. We have improved the capacity of law enforcement agencies to share criminal justice information by developing new information sharing standards and state-of-the-art technologies that will allow swift and seamless communication in a crisis. We have linked all 50 states to a national registry that allows quick public access to information about sex offenders, and through the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART), we have worked with state and local agencies to improve their monitoring of sexual predators.

OJP has been central to the Justice Department's efforts under Project Safe Childhood. Our Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program has helped to arrest thousands of child predators, and our education and prevention programs are making the Internet safer for our young people. Children also are better protected thanks to our groundbreaking efforts with the AMBER Alert and Child Abduction Response Team programs.

We also have played a critical role in the Department's anti-gang initiative and its Project Safe Neighborhoods. In addition, Tribal communities have received OJP's support in many areas, from serving tribal youth to assisting crime victims to maintaining criminal history records. And we've helped to give hope to the victims of human trafficking by supporting anti-trafficking task forces in cities throughout the nation.

These accomplishments are only highlights of OJP's work during my two years as Assistant Attorney General. I leave confident that this progress will continue thanks to the dedicated and hard-working staff of OJP. To them, and to all of OJP's constituents and stakeholders, I wish the very best.

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