Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced today results of the citywide All Hands on Deck (AHOD) Phase IV, which began at 6 am Friday, November 21, and continued through 6 am on Sunday, November 23, 2008. This AHOD was a citywide effort involving various DC government agencies including the Department of Human Services, Department of Public Works, and the Department of Employment Services among other agencies that followed up with clients already in their systems and made referals to address residents’ needs throughout the city.
“AHOD is intended to increase police presence,” said Chief Lanier. “We have made great strides to reduce gun violence this year. Assaults involving a gun are down 14 percent and robberies committed with the use of a gun are down 13 percent compared to this time last year. There were also no shootings during AHOD.”
During AHOD, officers handed out literature promoting a new initiative called “No Shots Fired,” which encourages youth to have a peaceful gunfire-free weekend. MPD members encouraged residents to use various tip lines to contact police if they have information about crimes.
MPD officers made 479 arrests, recovered 21 firearms, and seized $11,220 worth of drugs. During AHOD, all available sworn MPD personnel were on patrol throughout the District emphasizing community policing, focused law enforcement and community outreach. This included increased foot beats, homicide detectives following up with victims, and recruits passing out specific crime related information.
“We hope to have continued success with our last AHOD for the year, which is scheduled for December 18, 19, and 20, 2008,” Chief Lanier said. “We continue to encourage residents to contact police if they have information about a crime.”
The Metropolitan Police Department offers a reward 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.
The MPD is reminding residents, or anyone else who may know of a robbery that occurred in the District, that the MPD offers a reward 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]. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.
The MPD is also working with Crime Solvers. Through the DC Crime Solver’s program, individuals who provide information that leads to an arrest and indictment in a robbery or other serious crime may receive a reward of up to $1,000 by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.