However, Comstock said the money to battle gang violence has decreased. She said the task force had a budget of $3 million as recently as 2012. Last year, the budget was only $325,000.
“Over the past several years, the Justice Department hasn’t been providing the resources, particularly in our region,” Comstock told WTOP. “We had a very effective — we still do — Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, but they were not funded at the rate they had been before.”
Comstock said she was confident that the Justice Department will fulfill her request, in part because of the Deputy Attorney General’s ties to the region.
“Rod Rosenstein has been here in the region, he’s very aware of the threats that we’ve had from MS-13. I’m thrilled that we have somebody that is so familiar with our region that can help us,” Comstock said.