(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the inaugural 2019 Safer Stronger DC Fall Crime Prevention Initiative (FCPI) – a coordinated effort to reduce violent crime in specific areas in the District through strategic prevention and coordinated enforcement. Patterned after the Summer Crime Prevention Initiative, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will focus on deploying available resources, crime-fighting technology, and coordinated programing with government agencies to targeted neighborhoods in the District. Every year for nearly ten years, MPD has identified areas of the city that have experienced a high density of violence and utilized all available resources, including collaborative outreach, to prevent violent crime in focus areas.
“We know that when we focus our policing and resources in our hardest hit areas, we can make our neighborhoods safer,” said Mayor Bowser. “The Fall Crime Prevention Initiative will engage the community, particularly our young people and their families, to reduce violent crime and save lives.”
During the next 60 days – October 14 through December 15 – MPD will lead an effort to reduce violent crime in specific areas – including some recent upticks in gun-related activity. The goal of FCPI is to reduce violent crime through strategic prevention and focused enforcement. During the fall months, MPD will:
- Focus resources on repeat violent offenders through intelligence, tactical operations, gun recovery, technology, and patrol enforcement;
- Use crime analysis to track and address crimes in near real-time;
- Conduct outreach and youth/family programs;
- Implement various policing strategies; and
- If a crime occurs in target areas, all law enforcement and community resources will be utilized (call-in, door-to-door, heightened outreach).
This past summer, compared to the previous summer, target areas of the Summer Crime Prevention Initiative saw a 44% decrease in homicides and a 26% decrease in overall violent crime.
The 2019 fall focus areas include: Southwest, Columbia Heights, U Street Corridor, Shaw, Saratoga, Greenway, Washington Highlands, and Congress Heights. The Mayor was joined at today’s event by Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue, MPD Chief Peter Newsham, and other public safety and administration officials.