Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert ConteeIII said the Community-Focused Patrol Unit will consist of three squads led by a sergeant with eight officers. La meta, él dijo, was to have officers engage with community members. The officers will be able to “easily move and be redeployed” citywide throughout the day to address incidents and crime trends, el departamento dijo.
“This is a direct result of conversations I’ve had with communities,” the chief told reporters. “‘We want to see police officers out of the cars. We want to see police officers in the community’. Bien, here you have it.”
A partir del miércoles, the city had 105 homicidios, which is on pace to match or surpass last year’s 198 asesinatos. Since October 2020, the department has decreased by almost 215 oficiales, Contee said.
Police said they will base patrols hours on violent-crime trends from the previous 14 days of this year and the next 14 days of the previous year.
Inicialmente, the officers will be deployed to the city’s Columbia Heights, Washington Highlands and Bloomingdale neighborhoods. The program is expected to run through October before being re-evaluated, un portavoz de la policía le dijo a Fox News.
“Having officers on mountain bikes and scooters maximizes the opportunity for community engagement and communication with residents in our neighborhoods,” Contee said.
The initiative comes following a violent weekend in which 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney was killed and shots were fired outside Nationals Park during a Major League Baseball game. Contee said the unit’s formation was not a response to Courtney’s killing.
The unit was first deployed last week, la policía dijo.
mientras tanto, to stem the flow of violence, Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday directed the police department to use “any overtime necessary” to address public safety.