Mayor Bowser Kicks Off 2021 Safer, Stronger DC Summer Crime Prevention Initiative
(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the Safer Stronger DC Summer Crime Prevention Initiative (SCI) – a coordinated effort to reduce violent crime in specific areas in the District through strategic prevention and coordinated enforcement. Every year for nearly eleven years, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has identified areas of the city that have experienced a high density of violence and utilized all available resources, including collaborative outreach, to prevent violent crime in those focus areas during the summer months, running from May 1–August 31.
“We bring the Summer Crime Prevention Initiative back each year because the data shows us that it drives down crime in the neighborhoods we target,” said Mayor Bowser. “The reason this initiative works is because it’s not just about policing and it’s not just about what MPD is doing – it’s about engaging people, providing opportunity, and working across DC Government to bring resources and supports to residents who need them.”
Through focused prevention and strategic enforcement and with the support of agency partners, SCI aims to:
reduce violent crime;
remove illegal guns from our streets;
hold repeat violent offenders accountable;
utilize the latest crime-fighting technology;
collaborate with partner agencies and organizations for additional assistance; and
implement innovative outreach for all community members.
Last year, compared to the previous summer, the 2020 target areas saw a 46 percent decrease in theft, a 29 percent decrease in burglaries, and 25 percent decrease in overall crime.
“Our number one goal with the SCI has not changed – and that is to reduce violent crimes in the areas of the city that have traditionally been hit the hardest, while building positive relationships with those in the community,” said Acting Chief Contee. “MPD is laser focused on providing these targeted areas with all the available resources and utilizing evidence-based and intelligence driven strategies to combat crime, while partnering with other law enforcement agencies, community organizations and advocates with a collective goal to reduce crime.”
The 2021 summer focus areas include: Potomac Gardens, Rosedale/Langston Carver, Greenway/Fort Dupont, Marshall Heights/Benning Ridge, Washington Highlands, and Douglas/Shipley.
After the announcement, Acting Chief Contee led a kickball game with MPD officers and community members. MPD also provided athletic equipment on site to youth as part of a recent initiative to build stronger relationships with the community.