(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Tuesday, December 5, at 2:30 pm, Mayor Muriel Bowser will announce the Robbery Intervention Task Force’s latest efforts to address robbery-related crimes in Washington, DC. The Task Force, comprised of the Metro Transit Police Department, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), and the United States Attorney’s Office, ensures maximum coordination between different segments of the criminal justice system to combat robberies; target offenders by quickly identifying and responding to patterns of a robbery spree; focus on developing the strongest cases possible to prosecute repeated offenders; and remove repeated offenders from DC streets.
The District has experienced a 27 percent reduction in robberies year to date in 2017. Since the end of 2014, the District has seen a 35 percent reduction in robberies, with decreases in all eight wards.
The Mayor will also discuss the MPD Exchange Location program which designates three department locations across the District to serve as a safe place for residents and visitors to exchange and complete transactions of online purchases along with the Private Security Camera Incentive Program, which encourages residents, businesses, non-profits, and religious institutions to install security camera systems on their property and register them with MPD. Both programs have served to combat robberies and other crimes and keep District residents safe.
Currently, Mayor Bower’s Safer, Stronger DC plan has contributed to a reduction in crime including a 23 percent decrease in all violent crime, a 14 percent reduction in homicides, 19 percent decrease in assaults with a dangerous weapon, and a 14 percent reduction in sexual assaults.
Tuesday, December 5, at 2:30 pm
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Karl Racine, Attorney General, OAG
Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, Ward 1
Councilmember Charles Allen, Ward 6
Kevin Donahue, Deputy Mayor, Public Safety and Justice
Peter Newsham, Chief, MPD
Michelle Garcia, Director, Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants
Safe Exchange Zone
Metropolitan Police Department – Third District
1620 V Street, NW, Community Room
*Closest Metro: Shaw – Howard Metro Station*
Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. To view the event online, visit mayor.dc.gov/live or tune in on Channel 16.