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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

By Washington Post editors  |  May 7, 2010; 7:13 PM ET
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier , Clarence Williams , The District  
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Cooperate with police, knuckleheads.

Are most of the "repeat offenders" young black men?

Posted by: uncivil | May 7, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Despite your handle, stay classy, uncivil.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | May 7, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

"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."

Repeat offenders like one of the teen killers of principal Brian Betts? The teen who, after collecting his *second* gun charge was sentenced only to **community service** by the Dept of Youth Rehabilitative Services (DYRS), later participating in the Betts murder during a planned armed robbery?

Not much point in arresting juvenile gun offenders when DYRS spits 'em out the back end without so much as a wrist slap, is there?

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | May 7, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Police Chief Lanier and Mayor Fenty need to arrest illegal aliens in Wards 1, 2, 4, 5 and turn them over to ICE.

Posted by: Ward4DC | May 8, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Treating a gun offense as a homicide just means there are too many police on the street. Yes, that's right. The post-9/11 hiring binge has resulted in too many police with too little to do. Funny how an intelligence failure like 9/11 and a stalling economy led to the vast expansion of the police payrolls.

Posted by: blasmaic | May 8, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

I take it that the answer to my question is "yes."

Posted by: uncivil | May 8, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

This publicity stunt is costing DC taxpayers an insane amount of police overtime pay. What real good is accomplished by having a bunch of cops sit in their idling cruisers, earning time-and-a-half?

Wouldn't that money be better spent preventing crime through better schools, better social services support for parents?

Posted by: kcx7 | May 8, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

In referance to kcx7's comment...

MPD personel are not being compensated with overtime pay for these AHOD's. Instead, days off are being in changed in violation of the union contract to avoid the payment of overtime. Chief Lanier was told to cease these AHOD's after a arbitrator's ruling, but she continues to schedule them during her appeals process.

Posted by: sd_98119 | May 10, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

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