As part of the Administration’s 100 Day strategy, today DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Acting Chief of Police Cathy Lanier announced the launch of Operation MVP (Most Violent Persons). This operation combines the forces of the department’s Intelligence Unit, Special Operations Division’s Emergency Response Team, Special Investigations Branch, various police district’s detectives, warrant squads and Focus Mission Teams with the assistance of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, composed of members of the United States Marshals Service, DC Department of Corrections and the Metropolitan Police Department.
Each week the department’s Intelligence Unit will select certain areas of the city to identify potential MVPs. Various other units will work to locate these subjects wanted on arrest warrants. When located, the Special Operations Division’s Emergency Response Team will execute the warrants and apprehend the wanted subject(s). These subjects will be thoroughly debriefed by investigators in an effort to acquire information pertaining to other possibly related crimes.
Mayor Fenty noted, “Operation MVP will serve as a vital tool to prevent criminal activities in our neighborhoods. Residents also have a responsibility to report any information they may have to help police prevent crimes and capture criminals. Together, both measures will help mitigate potential tragedies.”
Acting Chief Lanier stated, “We will do all in our power to clear the streets of offenders. And I concur with Mayor Fenty, when I say our law abiding citizens are the eyes and ears of the police and their help is always needed.”