All Hands on Deck to be deployed in DC this weekend
D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and city officials announced Friday that D.C. police have launched their first “All Hands on Deck” deployment of 2010 this weekend and officials will focus on repeat violent offenders in their summer crime strategy.
Since 2007, Lanier has used the All Hands initiative in which most available officers, detectives, officials and recruits are deployed to patrol duties across the city to increase visibilty, foot beats and community policing.
All Hands on Deck is a crime-fighting tool in which extra officers, including detectives, hit the streets citywide over a weekend. The massive police presence, Lanier says, reduces crime, brings police closer to the community and makes residents safer.
Officials announced this weekend's kickoff Friday afternoon near the scene of the April 10 slaying of 27-year-old Melvin White -- a case police closed Monday with the arrest Curtis Faison, 18, of Southeast Washington.
Lanier was joined by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and officials from several federal law enforcement agencies, such as ATF, the FBI and U.S. Secret Service at a news conference held on 46th Place SE.
Those other agencies will partner with police on a summer crime fighting initiative.
“Over the next 48 hours, expect to see recruits and MPD officers in your neighborhoods,” Fenty said.
So far in 2010, the city has recorded 30 percent fewer homicides than last year at this time and detectives have closed 76 percent of homicide cases, officials said. Fenty said there are still significant crime problems in the city, but “if you compare us to where we were not too long ago, we’ve made great strides.”
The summer program will target repeat violent offenders who “every summer come back to the same neighborhoods and wreak havoc,” Lanier said.
“We made a commitment to close these cases rapidly, to stop the cycle of violence,” Lanier said.
ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Richard Marianos said that his agency will deploy more than two dozen agents and supervisors to target repeat gun offenders as well. He said agents will cover 24 hours a day for the next three months, as part of a pilot project focusing on tracing the source of guns and the ballistics identification of illegal weapons.
He said they would work with the U.S. attorney’s office with “relentless follow up” to maximize use of mandatoy sentencing guidelines for offenders.
“We’re going to take all these gun cases and treat them like homicide cases,” Marianos said in an interview.
-- Clarence Williams
Washington Post editors
May 7, 2010; 7:13 PM ET
Categories: Cathy L. Lanier , Clarence Williams , The District
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