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U.S. Attorney Visits Cristo Rey

He began his remarks by explaining what it means to be a U.S. Attorney and who he serves. There are nine million people in his district, making it one of the largest, most important of the 94 districts in the United States. He and his team focus exclusively on federal crimes – public corruption, terrorism, cyber crime, major corporate fraud, serious gang crime, and serious drug trafficking.

The culture of the U.S. Attorney’s office, he indicated, is “not about winning. Our job is to do the right thing, to seek justice.”

After sharing a few examples of recent high profile cases they had prosecuted, Mr. Fardon spoke to the students about the current investigation of the Chicago Police Department. “This has never happened in the history of Chicago,” he said, emphasizing the historical nature of this case.

“This investigation is enormously important and positive…for the city and the Chicago police officers. Police officers are among the noblest servants…they care and they want to serve and protect. They need the trust and respect of those they serve to be effective.”

Mr. Fardon stressed that the investigation, its findings, recommendations, and implementation of those recommendations, “will help to restore the trust and respect of police officers in our communities.”

At the end of his remarks, Mr. Fardon encouraged students, “I want you to keep an open mind about the possibility of going into law enforcement because when you wake up in the morning, you know you are helping people.”

“Think about it!” he continued. “There is no better way to feel good about what you do than to serve your community.”