U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says, ''We have a crime problem... this is a dangerous permanent trend,'' after being sworn in at the White House. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned of a rise in crime in America, after being sworn in at the White House on Thursday (February 9). "We have a crime problem. I wish the blip, I wish the rise that we're seeing in crime in America today were some sort of aberration or a blip -- my best judgment having been involved in criminal law enforcement for many years is that this is a dangerous permanent trend that places the health and safety of the American people at risk," Sessions said. President Donald Trump used the swearing-in ceremony to sign three executive orders, including ones targeting transnational drug cartels and those who commit crimes against law enforcement. "These dangerous times require a determined attorney general," Trump said at the Oval Office ceremony for Sessions. A Department of Justice survey released last October on criminal victimization in the United States showed a drop in violent crimes rates from 23.2 victims per 1,000 people in 2013 to 18.6 per 1,000 people 2015. The survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an agency of the Justice Department, found no statistically significant change in the rate of violent crime, which includes rape, assault and robbery, between 2014 and 2015. Rape and sexual assaults increased from 284,350 in 2014 to 431,840 in 2015, the survey found.