Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier kicked off the second All Hands on Deck (AHOD) for 2010, which began at 6 am Friday, June 11 and continues through 6 am on Sunday, June 13, 2010. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
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.
During the first AHOD, which was in May, MPD made 470 arrests, recovered nine firearms and seized more than $38,000 worth of illegal drugs.
“The <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>District of Columbia is experiencing a drop in crime and homicides thanks to the hard work of all of our MPD officers and the community members,” said Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. “All Hands on Deck is a part of Chief Lanier’s innovative and community-focused policing strategy that is working hard to ensure all of our residents are safe through the summer months.”
The current homicide statistics for the District of Columbia continue their downward trend, and overall crime is down. However, crime tends to increase during the summer months.
“As we enter into our second phase of All Hands On Deck, I continue to emphasize MPD’s connection to the community, as we work together with our residents to build on our past success and continue to reduce crime in the District of Columbia,” Chief Lanier said.
MPD recently announced the closure of two homicide cases that occurred in separate sections of the city.
· On June 8, 2010, homicide detectives arrested 59 year old Reginald Vernell Cullen of Northeast, DC in the death of Mr. Reginald Taylor. Mr. Taylor was assaulted in November of 2009 and died as a result of his injuries in April of 2010.
· On June 9, 2010, detectives made a second arrest of a juvenile suspect in the murder of Manuel Sanchez. On May 28, 2010, Mr. Sanchez was shot and killed while working on a home in the 4600 block of Hillside Road, SE. An initial arrest of a 16 year old male was made on June 2, 2010. Both of the suspects are anticipated to be charged as adults.
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.