(Washington, DC) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced today the start of All Hands on Deck (AHOD) Phase VIII. AHOD began at midnight today and concludes at 3 am on Sunday, December 20, 2009. Phase VIII is the final AHOD for 2009.
Mayor Fenty said, "AHOD has proven to be an effective crime fighting effort that not only makes the streets of DC safer, but also strengthens the partnership between MPD and law-abiding District residents. As always, community interaction is a significant element of AHOD. "
"AHOD is a successful community policing strategy that focuses on high-visibility patrols, aggressive policing tactics, and coordinated efforts to bring closure to open homicides and other violent crimes," said Police Chief Lanier. "For example, on the first day of AHOD Phase VII, members of the Homicide Branch continued to work diligently to close the recent homicide of 21-year-old George Rawlings, who was fatally shot on Wednesday, November 11. With help from the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, detectives closed the case with the arrest of a 17-year-old male suspect."
All Hands on Deck is an initiative in which all available officers will be on duty and on patrol throughout the city. The presence of the officers is to promote effective community relations with the use of information sharing. Officers will be walking on foot beats and engaging residents about what’s happening in their communities.
During AHOD Phase I (April 24-26), Phase II (June 5-7), Phase III (June 26-28), Phase IV (July 10-12), Phase V (July 24-26), Phase VI (August 3-5), and Phase VII (November 13-15) MPD made a total of 3,218 arrests and seized more than $315,000 in drugs.
Also during AHOD this weekend, police officers and recruits will continue to remind citizens of basic safety tips this holiday season, such as:
Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever possible.
Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Don’t overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.
The MPD is reminding residents that it offers a reward 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.
The MPD offers a reward 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.
The MPD is also working with Crime Solvers. Through the DC Crime Solver’s program, individuals who provide information that leads to an arrest and indictment in a robbery or other serious crime may receive a reward of up to $1,000 by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.