**FILE** Metropolitan Police Department vehicles (Courtesy photo)
**FILE** Metropolitan Police Department vehicles (Courtesy photo)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee III announced Friday five neighborhoods as focus areas for the 2021 Fall Crime Prevention Initiative.

The mayor and chief’s announcement took place at the Columbia Heights Metro Plaza in Northwest. Columbia Heights, located in MPD’s Third District, is one of the five neighborhoods that is part of the new initiative.

The four others are Brightwood Park (Fourth District), Benning (Sixth District), Historic Anacostia (Seventh District) and Washington Highlands/Bellevue (Seventh District). The neighborhoods were selected based on statistics and a high density of violent crime that took place during the summer.

The initiative runs from Friday until Dec. 18. In the chosen areas, MPD resources and the latest crime-fighting technology will be used to thwart criminal activity.

Plus, there will be community resources teams from MPD designed to interact with residents on public safety strategies.

Contee announced the captains for the initiative will be Francis Jenkins (Columbia Heights), Franklin Porter (Brightwood Park), Matthew Fitzgerald (Benning) Nikki Lavenhouse (Historic Anacostia) and Joseph Kuchta.

Bowser said gun violence has reached unacceptable levels throughout the city and the initiative is designed to residents keep their neighborhoods safe and the city will provide the resources for them to do so.

Contee said “year after year, we come to the same conclusion that strategic crime prevention initiatives are successful in reducing violent crime.”

“We will be laser-focused on providing these areas with all of the available resources, and will utilize evidence-based and intelligence-driven strategies to combat crime,” the chief said.

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James Wright Jr.

James Wright Jr. is the D.C. political reporter for the Washington Informer Newspaper. He has worked for the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper as a reporter, city editor and freelance writer and The Washington...

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