Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier announced the third All Hands on Deck (AHOD) for 2010, which began at 6 am Friday, July 16 and continues through 6 am on Sunday, July 18, 2010.
The initiative helps reduce crime. During AHOD, all available sworn MPD personnel are on patrol throughout the District emphasizing community policing and community outreach. This includes increasing the number of officers on foot beats, homicide detectives following up on cases and recruits passing out specific crime-related information.
Phase II of AHOD, June 11 through 13, MPD officers made 420 arrests, recovered seven firearms and seized over $6,000 in drugs and suspected proceeds.
“We are making great strides in reducing crime and homicide rates in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>District of Columbia,” said Mayor Fenty. “With Chief Lanier’s leadership, the community-focused All Hands on Deck policing strategy will continue to ensure that District residents feel safe and protected this summer.”
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“The increased police presence during All Hands on Deck not only reduces crime, but also allows officers to more quickly apprehend offenders,” Chief Lanier said. “In fact, on Friday evening, in two separate incidents, police quickly arrested a robbery suspect at a Metro station and arrested a carjacking suspect shortly after the crime had occurred.”
MPD announced major successes this week:
· On July 15, 2010, MPD and DEA announced the takedown of drug rings in which 46 arrest warrants were obtained, 21 search warrants were executed and $200,000 in drugs and seven guns were seized.
· MPD closed eight homicides in seven days.
MPD offers rewards of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any unsolved homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Additionally, MPD offers rewards of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for any armed robbery or a robbery that results in serious bodily injury.
Anyone who has information about a crime may call police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIM[E] (1-888-919-2746). Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.