This story comes to us from the office of Mayor Vincent Gray:
One of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s top priorities for his administration is safe communities. A key initiative in support of this priority has been the Metropolitan Police Department’s Operation Summer Ice.
During this targeted initiative, MPD has focused attention on the highest risk repeat violent offenders in neighborhoods with high levels of violence in order to intervene in conflicts and deter future violence. The Department has also worked with partner agencies to provide services to juveniles in these high-risk neighborhoods to provide productive activities now and build constructive relationships for the future.
During the three-month-long initiative, homicides decreased 71 percent in the target areas. Robbery and assaults with a dangerous weapon each declined 20 percent in the target areas.