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"I'm worried we're seeing a reversal of progress," Sessions says in Orange Beach

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to hundreds of law enforcement officials from across Alabama on Friday, September 1. (Credit: Guy Turnbow, WALA FOX10 News) Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to hundreds of law enforcement officials from across Alabama on Friday, September 1. (Credit: Guy Turnbow, WALA FOX10 News)
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) -

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was back home in southern Alabama Friday, September 1, speaking to hundreds of law enforcement officials in Orange Beach. 

Focusing mainly on the war on drugs, Sessions painted a bit of a doom and gloom picture of America's struggle with drugs and the violence that comes along with it. 

Through that description, he gave a mostly motivational speech to Alabama law enforcement, inspiring them to crack down as hard as possible on drug crimes. 

"I'm worried, I'm worried that what we're seeing is a reversal of progress," said Sessions regarding a recent spike in crime in 2017. 

While he admitted crime has seen a significant decline overall since the 1980s, he stressed the importance of implementing President Donald Trump's "law and order" agenda. 

"Working it together, I'll tell ya, is the wave of the future," said Sessions. 

Sessions also touted Trump's new executive order that will revive a program to give local law enforcement surplus military equipment.

"(We) have recycled, very valuable, used equipment, that taxpayers of already paid for. Rather than letting this equipment sit idle, we are making it available for your agencies to use in the fight against terrorism, crime, and natural disasters," Sessions explained.

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich attended Friday's event.

She believes the surplus sharing plan will benefit law enforcement on the Gulf Coast soon. 

"We're looking forward to being able to apply for those grants now in the future, because it doesn't do anything but strengthen our agencies when we are allowed to get that kind of equipment for free," Rich said. "You see those kinds of  ex-military vehicles being used right now in Houston, with us being on the Gulf Coast, in a hurricane area, that equipment could be very helpful one day."

The kind of military gear that will now be available includes tanks, grenade launchers, high-caliber weapons and camouflage uniforms.

Some critics, including Republican Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, say it is inappropriate to be militarizing law enforcement in such a way. 

Senator Paul even called it an "unprecedented expansion of government power."

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