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Summer Crime Prevention Initiative

About the Summer Crime Prevention Initiative

Since 2010, each summer MPD has identified four to six areas that have experienced a high density of violent crime, specifically homicides and other gun-related incidents. Throughout the summer months, MPD then focuses all available resources, utilizes the latest crime-fighting technology, and calls upon partner agencies and organizations to assist in a coordinated effort to eliminate violent crime in these areas.

The Summer Crime Prevention Initiative (SCPI) runs from May 1-August 31. Through focused prevention and strategic enforcement with the support of all partners in the justice system, this program is designed to:

  • Eliminate violent crime – specifically homicides
  • Remove dangerous illegal guns from our neighborhood streets
  • Hold repeat violent offenders accountable ---

What We Do

  • Eliminate violent crime through focused prevention and strategic enforcement.
  • Identify and arrest violent offenders through intelligence, tactical, gun recovery and patrol enforcement.
  • Put offenders on notice:  if a crime occurs in target areas, all law enforcement resources will be utilized.
  • Use crime analysis to track and address crimes daily.
  • Use various crime-busting strategies andcommunity-building strategies
  • Conduct outreach and youth/family programs:
    • Jr. Police Academy
    • Camping Under the Stars
    • STARS Teen Camp,  STARS Summer Employment
    • MPD Mentoring Program, Late Night Safe Haven
    • Beat the Streets, Summer Curfew Centers
    • Various other arts programs, employment initiatives, and more.

In 2013 the MPD held, coordinated or partnered on over 140 summer events and programs that reached over 11,000 members of the community, mostly youth and families.

Look at the Numbers

Even after significantly driving down crime each summer, the SCI teams have been able to continue driving down crime each subsequent year.

2013 Statistics

  • Homicides in target areas: reduced 83 percent
  • Robbery in target areas: reduced 50 percent
  • ADW in target areas: reduced 7 percent
  • Violent Crime in target areas: reduced 34 percent

2012 Statistics

  • Homicides in target areas: reduced 71 percent
       Gun-related Homicides: reduced 80 percent
  • Robbery in target areas: reduced 15 percent
       Robbery Gun in target areas: reduced 3 percent
  • Burglaries in target areas: reduced 14 percent
       Armed Burglaries in target areas: reduced 25 percent

2011 Statistics

  • Homicides in target areas: reduced 71 percent
       Gun-related Homicides: reduced 60 percent
  • Robbery in target areas: reduced 20 percent
       Robbery Gun in target areas: reduced 39 percent
  • ADW in target areas: reduced 20 percent
       ADW Gun in target areas: reduced 44 percent
  • Violent Crime in target areas: reduced 20 percent

2010 Statistics

  • Gun-related Homicides in target areas: reduced 35 percent
  • Non-fatal shootings in target areas: reduced 44 percent
  • Violent Crime in target areas: reduced 8 percent
  • Total crime in target areas: reduced 9 percent

 

How It Works

In each designated area, enhanced uniform to make contact with the community membersand reach out to repeat offenders.

Police Department and federal law enforcement partners, the Department of Justice and US Attorney’s Office, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, DC Housing Authority, and a host of nonprofit and private organizations are committed to making the program a success. The  SCPI uses a variety of patrol methods, investigative methods and technology.

SCPI efforts will be focused in the following five areas.  These areas were selected after careful analysis of shootings and other violent crimes that have occurred  in the area or close proximity to the area.  Maps for each are provided in PDF format