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October 22, 1997




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12-19-96 Joined with the Mayor, the City Council, the Chief Judge of the Superior Court, the Corporation Council, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and the Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority to create a unique partnership to address the public safety crisis facing the District of Columbia. ( MOU Partners)

12-28-96 The consulting firm of Booz-Allen & Hamilton was retained to conduct an extensive review of MPD organization and operations.

02-03-97 Began the process of establishing a sub-station for the Sixth District.

  • Sub-station opened on October 1, 1997.

02-26-97 Mayoral delegation to the Chief of Police the personnel, budget, and procurement authority necessary to implement changes in the MPD.

02-26-97 Appointed a new management team made up of three newly appointed Assistant Chiefs of Police.

03-01-97 Established a new Mission Statement for the Metropolitan Police Department.

03-01-97 Developed a new Charter for the Metropolitan Police Department that empowers the Office of the Chief of Police.

03-07-97 In conjunction with the Enhanced Enforcement Initiative, established a zero tolerance approach to crime and order maintenance problems.

03-07-97 Initiated the Enhanced Enforcement Effort that redeployed 400 sworn personnel into seven areas of the city that experienced the highest rates of crime and violence.

  • This initiative ended on July 13, 1997.
  • A 24 % reduction in Part One crime was achieved in the targeted areas.

03-24-97 Suspended the 28 day scheduling policy for sworn members of the department. This enables the department to deploy officers more rapidly to crime areas.

04-03-97 Issuance of Base-Line Report: Crime Fighting Efforts in the District of Columbia.

04-06-97 Established a new Commander's rank with additional compensation, resulting in greater accountability being placed on commanders.

04-14-97 Formed an MPD new operating model development team to work with Booz-Allen & Hamilton to develop a new policing model for the District of Columbia.

04-15-97 Implemented a program to improve the dissemination of accident reports to citizens that have been received from the patrol districts and the Special Operations Division.

  • Under the new system, citizens can pick up copies of reports at district stations within 24 hours of an accident.

04-21-97 Began training 122 new Crime Scene Search Officers to provide more efficient service to the citizens of the District of Columbia.

  • Training completed on August 31, 1997.

06-01-97 In conjunction with the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence established a Domestic Violence Hot-Line. Funding for this initiative obtained through a federal VAWA grant.

06-08-97 Centralized the Vending Unit function into the Special Operations Division. The Vending Unit also provides vending recertification and enforcement training for officers assigned to the PSAs.

06-15-97 Implemented a new case review system for all cases of juvenile abuse and neglect.

07-06-96 To better utilize personnel and resources, the K-9 function was transferred to the Special Operations Division.

  • Although the authorized strength for the K-9 Unit has been reduced from 58 to 28 dog handlers, the support to the PSAs has been significantly enhanced by equitable and consistent staffing.
  • K-9 teams are also used to augment the special SOD crime patrol program.

07-06-97 Implemented a new operating model for the Metropolitan Police Department: Established 83 Police Service Areas (PSA) to replace the obsolete 138 scout car areas.

  • Realigned patrol district boundaries to support the implementation of the new operating model.
  • Reallocated equipment such as scout cars, radios, etc., to the PSAs.
  • Assigned a sergeant to each PSA to serve as the beat leader.
  • Established teams for each area comprised of the beat leader, a Master Patrol Officer, one detective, one vice officer, and a minimum of 14 other officers.
  • Approximately 400 members assigned to decentralized specialized units such as non-specialized investigations and Community and Youth Services were re-deployed into
    the PSAs.
  • Reorganized the Homicide Branch so that current cases are investigated by detectives assigned to the seven patrol districts. Natural deaths, cold cases, and high profile cases will continue to be investigated by detectives assigned to a centralized unit in the Criminal Investigations Division.
  • Sixty Homicide Branch detectives and officials and 28 Narcotics and Special Investigations Division detectives and officials were transferred to the patrol districts.
  • Restructured the station operations for the seven patrol districts.
  • Established new administrative procedures for each patrol district.
  • Consolidated the Narcotic and Special Investigations Division into the Criminal Investigations Division.

07-22-97 Initiated a crime patrol program within the Special Operations Division which deploys personnel from all branches of SOD to various Police Services Areas throughout the city that have the highest instances of violent crime and/or homicides.

  • This initiative has contributed to the reduction in violent crime, and/or homicides.
  • Members are redeployed to different districts on a bi-weekly basis according to fluctuations in crime patterns.
  • In September, 1997, SOD members began to focus their efforts in those PSAs with the highest number of homicides.

07-23-97 The Intelligence Branch, CID, was relocated from the FBI Washington Field Office to MPD Headquarters as a part of the restructuring of CID.

08-03-97 Fifteen additional Crime Scene Search Officers were assigned to the Mobile Crime Laboratory to assist in the back log of fingerprint/evidence cases.

  • A four week advanced Crime Scene Search Officers School for newly assigned Mobile Crime Lab personnel is to begin on November 17, 1997.

08-08-97 Began the process of developing a blueprint for Community Involvement Strategy to enhance community involvement with the department. This includes such activities as organizing community groups and receiving input from citizens concerning problems on which the MPD should focus.

08-10-97 The Warrant Section of the Special Operations Division was reassigned to the Criminal Investigations Division to enhance the CID capabilities to identify, track, and arrest the most violent gang members in the city.

08-10-97 The Youth and Family Services Division established a centralized juvenile processing system for the handling of all juveniles arrested within the District of Columbia. This change improves overall prisoner processing and eliminates backlogs in the Central Cell Block. This new process allows PSA officers to return to the PSA areas within one hour, thereby freeing officers up for patrol, community policing, and problem solving.

08-12-97 A two day training program was conducted for the 83 sergeants who are assigned as beat leaders for the PSAs.

08-19-97 A two day problem-solving training program was implemented for all members of the department who are assigned to the PSAs. The training will continue through January, 1998.

  • As of October 21, 1997, 30 teams have been trained.

08-25-97 Updated the insignia and markings on new marked patrol vehicles.

  • 150 police vehicles were striped with the new insignia.

08-28-97 Community Work Stations were established in 19 Safeway stores through the District of Columbia.

08-31-97 Established mandatory minimum staffing requirements for each of the department's 83 PSAs to ensure that street-level PSA staffing is the highest operational priority in each of the seven patrol districts.

  • Commanders are required to submit weekly reports certifying compliance.

09-01-97 Initiated Operation Freshstart, a program designed to establish trust and respect in the community among the Alliance of Concerned Men, the MPD, and gang and former gang members who are mentored by the Alliance and wish to turn their lives around. The program allows members of the Alliance and current and former gang members to work closely with the YFSD Warrant Unit in order that they may turn themselves in and eliminate confrontations with the police.

09-01-97 Redeployed twenty sworn personnel from the Identification and Records Division and the | Communications Division to the patrol districts.

09-01-97 Purchased 660 pagers for issuance to PSA personnel for the implementation of community policing. Funding for 400 of the pagers was provided by Comprehensive Community Programs grant funds.

  • The pagers have been received and the Communications Maintenance Branch is currently in the process of programming and engraving the units.
  • Pagers were distributed to the Seventh District on October 17, 1997. In addition, each district Watch Commander's pager has been replaced. Issuance of all pagers is expected to be completed by early November, 1997.

09-01-97 Developed training curriculum for personnel assigned to the seven patrol districts.

09-01-97 Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Club supervisors began attending PSA community meetings being held within the districts.

09-05-97 A Homicide Investigations Review Board comprised of distinguished homicide investigation experts was created to conduct a two week review of the MPD Homicide Branch.

09-08-97 Began recertification process of 58 MPD Crime Scene Search Officers, 12 Metro Transit Officers, and 5 U.S. Secret Service Officers.

  • Training completed on October 12, 1997.

09-08-97 Initial implementation of the Performance Focused Management System to establish organizational performance targets and to measure and manage performance.

  • PSA Performance Reviews. Each PSA is reviewed at least once per month.
  • District Mission Review. Each district is reviewed every three weeks.
  • Human Resources and Technical Services Bureaus Review. One division within each bureau is reviewed each week.

09-14-97 All officials of the Homicide Branch and patrol district homicide units were replaced with a new management team.

09-15-97 The staff review function was reassigned to the Identification and Records Division to improve productivity and overall service to the district's PSAs.

09-19-97 Established a partnership with the Department of Public Works to assist the MPD with the removal of trash and debris from specific locations, and the removal of abandoned autos.

09-22-97 I Initiated search for Homicide Branch commander.

09-22-97 A regional basic Homicide Investigators class was established.

  • The first class of 18 MPD detectives completed training on September 26, 1997.
  • Twelve detectives are scheduled to begin training on October 27, 1997.

09-22-97 Additional domestic violence investigators selected.

  • Sixteen hours of training has been provided to each investigator.
  • Seven domestic violence detectives received additional training at a national conference held on October 12-15, 1997.

10-02-97 Began implementation of a three phase plan to improve the supervision and management of homicide investigations.

  • Phase One includes establishment of a 50 member (20 MPD narcotics detectives - 10 FBI agents - 10 DEA agents - 10 MPD homicide detectives) task force to review and investigate as needed 136 homicide cases that NDIC found could be closed; assignment of 2 ATF agents to assist the task force in the tracking and tracing of firearms; and the assignment of a full time person from the Homicide Section, U.S. Attorney's Office, to work directly with the task force.
  • Key components of Phase Two included expansion of the MPD/FBI Cold Case Squad to investigate all open 1997 homicide cases. Upon completion of this review, the squad will begin to evaluate and access open homicide cases that occurred from 1993-1996; the assignment of a full time person from the Homicide Section, U.S. Attorney's Office, to work with the Cold Case Squad; and area saturation for a 24 -
    48 hours period whenever a homicide occurs in an effort to gain intelligence information that could lead to an arrest.
  • Phase Three includes the implementation of a case management system and establishment of standard operating procedures and protocols; the creation of a secure central file room with card key access and time lapse camera; an enhanced victim assistance program; enhanced training by the U.S. Attorney's Office; and the purchase of a homicide kit for each homicide detective that includes a pocket tape recorder, cellular telephone, Polaroid camera, and pen tablet computer.

10-02-97 Began to develop operational plans for a combined effort by Parole/Probation and MPD in targeted areas of the city.

10-06-97 In support of the district PSAs, four DARE officers were assigned to 13 elementary schools in the District of Columbia. Also in support of the PSAs, eight GREAT officers were | assigned t 20 junior high schools.

10-06-97 Began using new computer equipment received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This system enhances the Youth and Family Services Division capability to track and manage its case load and allows internet access to the NCMEC data base.

10-06-97 Established a Sex Offender Registry in compliance with DC Law 11-274, Sex Offender Registration Act of 1996.

10-08-97 Began an implementation review process to evaluate the MPD's progress in implementing the new district operating model and to communicate the initial review results to the department's executive staff .

  • A schedule of patrol district reviews has been developed and the first of the patrol district reviews was conducted on October 9, 1997.

10-09-97 Implemented the YouthLink Program to provide a linkage of key information regarding missing juveniles and juvenile abscounderers tot the patrol districts to reduce youth victimization and crime.

10-13-97 Detailed one Sex Squad investigator to the Child Advocacy Center, U.S. Attorney's Office, to maximize inter-agency cooperation and enhance intelligence gathering on child sexual abuse cases.

10-17-97 Established the Homicide Investigations Development Team comprised of 14 members to develop a new operating model for the department's Homicide Branch.

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04-04-97 The Dream City Foundation, Inc. was established to raise funds for the purchase of safety and related equipment for department personnel.

  • The first fund raising event was held on October 6, 1997.

06-01-97 Began process to survey 200 police vehicles that are no longer serviceable for law enforcement purposes.

  • As of October 17, 1997, 276 vehicles have been surveyed out of the fleet.

07-01-97 The City Watch Community Notification System (Reverse 911) became operational. The program can be used to notify citizens by telephone of critical events occurring in their community. Funding for this initiative provided by Comprehensive Community Programs grant funds.

  • The Communications Division has been sending test messages to selected businesses within the community.
  • The PSA sergeants are now entering community information into the data base.

07-01-97 Procurement completed, contract awarded, and project started for Distributed Identification of prisoners at the patrol districts. System to become operational in February, 1998.

  • LiveScan fingerprint machines received and installed on September 26,1997.
  • Distributed ID equipment received for mugshot processing on October, 10,1997.

07-02-97 Software upgraded for the department's Computer Aided Dispatch system in the I Communications Division.

07-15-97 Purchased and instituted Missing Person Unit case tracking software for the Youth and Family Services Division. The new software will enable the department to better track and manage missing person cases.

07-15-97 Developed the Fleet Management Baseline Analysis and Blueprint. Report contains recommendations to enhance management controls and improve maintenance performance. It is estimated that recommended improvements will take up to six months to implement.

07-21-97 Computers and software purchased to install Domestic Violence Satellite Training at the patrol districts, SOD, Communications Division, and the Criminal Investigations Division. Funding for this initiative provided by a federal grant.

07-21-97 Developed the Identification and Records Division Baseline and Blueprint. Contains l I records management improvements that are achievable in next six months.

07-28-97 To assist the MPD in the procurement of supplies and equipment, two specialists from GSA were assigned to provide on-site support to the Office of Finance and Budget.

08-06-97 Developed an infrastructure redesign blueprint for the Property Division. Contains recommendations to improve property control.

08-25-97 Announced a national search for a professional to oversee the Information Services Division.

08-25-97 Announced a national search for a professional to oversee the Technical Services Bureau.

09-15-97 Purchased seven Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD) machines to ensure equal access to 911 for the deaf and hearing impaired.

  • On October 20, 1997, five TDDs have been installed. The remaining two machines will be utilized as replacements for malfunctioning units.
  • The software upgrade has been installed that allows police communications operators to access caller information from the deaf or hearing impaired in one step. Prior to this upgrade it took five steps to access the same information.

09-19-97 GTE selected as the vendor to develop the MPD records management system, mobile computing, and automated reporting.

09-22-97 Completed programming and communications modifications for TACIS migration to new UNIX platform.

  • TACIS switch completed on 9-28-97.

09-23-97 Implementation of streamlined process for the requisition of supplies, equipment, and services. (PD 160)

09-25-97 FBI conducted training for MPD staff on minimum standards for Interstate Identification Index Participation.

10-12-97 WACIIS computer system and function was reassigned to the Information Services Division to streamline computer communications and hardware utilization.

10-20-97 Identification and Records Division on line to TACIS.

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01-24-97 Eleven civilian employees of the Office of Finance and Budget were recommended terminated for failure to meet job qualifications.

04-14-97 Established committee to review department's conduct and disciplinary rules and procedures.

05-12-97 Established a committee to review current civilian positions and make recommendations on positions currently held by sworn personnel.

05-16-97 Implemented the Random Drug Testing Program for sworn members of the MPD.

  • As of October 21, 1997, 326 members have been tested.

06-05-97 A one-day orientation training program was begun for MPD personnel regarding the new operating model.

  • Training was completed on July 18, 1997.
  • 1,558 members completed the training.

06-12-97 Computers and software purchased to provide Judgmental Training for police recruits in Community Policing. Funding for this initiative provided by Comprehensive Community Programs grant funds.

  • Training on the use of the equipment was conducted in March, 1997, for instructors and staff at the Training Division.
  • As of July 31, 1997, all computer equipment and software had been received.

07-06-97 A good faith 10 % pay raise was instituted for all sworn personnel. This pay raise elevated member's pay closer to the average pay of surrounding jurisdictions.

08-04-97 Conducted survey to ensure compliance with federal law concerning sworn members involvement in incidents of domestic violence.

08-29-97 Eleven sworn members of the MPD were recommended for termination for disciplinary reasons through the Chief's new personnel authority.

09-13-97 Three civilian employees of the Office of Finance and Budget were terminated for failure to meet job qualifications.

09-16-97 Submitted prepared emergency regulations governing changes to Chapter 8 of the DPM concerning personnel regulations.

  • Changes were made to those parts of Chapter 8 governing the selection criteria for entry level officer, and the promotion to sergeant, lieutenant and captain.

09-24-97 Completed criminal history checks for sworn personnel in compliance with federal law I regarding weapons handling and domestic violence.

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05-02-97 To provide security for MPD personnel during prisoner transport, 100 transport cages were purchased for MPD vehicles. Funding provided by the $15 million congressional appropriation.

05-05-97 To support the GSA procurement effort and the department's network system, 139 computer workstations were purchased. Funding provided by the $15 million congressional appropriation.

04-28-97 Received initial delivery of 400 state-of-the-art vests/body armor. Funding provided by the $15 million congressional appropriation.

06-23-97 The award to Printrak was issued for the enhancement of the Automated Fingerprint Information System. Funding provided by the $15 million congressional appropriation.

  • Upgrade completed on October 17, 1997.
  • Printrak training began on October 20, 1997, for users on AFIS upgrade.

06-25-97 Began to receive the first of 160 Honda motorcycles. Funding provided by the $15 million congressional appropriation.

  • All motorcycles have been deployed to the districts.

08-01-97 Received shipment of 150 new police cars to replenish fleet. Funding provided by the $15 million congressional appropriation.

  • By October 15, 1997, all 150 vehicles, with transport cages and new stripes, had been assigned to various units within the MPD.

09-15-97 Began the installation of new communications consoles in the department's communications center. Funding provided by the $15 million congressional appropriation.

  • Replacement of the old dispatcher radio console system has been completed.
  • All dispatchers have been trained on the functions and operations of the new units.
  • Administrative offices are currently being outfitted with the new equipment.

Completion of the total project is scheduled for November 11, 1997.

07-21-97 177 Mobile Data Computers ordered for installation in police vehicles. Funding provided by the $15 million congressional appropriation and COPS More funds.

  • The first 5 units were shipped on October 17, 1997. These units will be utilized for PSA training in the use of MDCs.

07-10-97 Took delivery of 12 Harley Davidson motor cycles. Funding provided by the $15 million congressional appropriation.

  • The motorcycles were deployed to the Special Operations Division on 7-23-97 for use on patrol.

09-08-97 Seven new Ford vans were received to be used as prisoner transports for each of the of the seven patrol districts.

01-14-97 Twenty-five new Harley Davidson motorcycles with sidecars were deployed to the Special Operations Division to be used to escort the President of the United States.

09-27-97 The Property Division received 1,730 units of state-of-the-art body armor that were ordered for members. An additional 270 units are expected to be received within the next several weeks.

09-27-97 A new policy has been established for the replacement of body armor that are over 5 years old.

  • All vests over 5 years old will be replaced by March, 1998.

07-15-97 The purchase order was submitted to the Data General Corporation for the purchase of lap top computers, laser printers, and related software for access to the department's Washington Area Criminal Intelligence System. Funding provided by the $15 million congressional appropriation.


Preliminary Data Source: Metropolitan Police Department Tactical Crime Analysis Unit

Offense 1996 1997 % Diff (+/-)
Homicide 340 251 -26
Rape 130 207 59
Robbery 6295 4607 -26
ADW 5096 4776 -6
Burglary 9082 6744 -25
Thefts 25064 21627 -13
Stolen Auto 8150 6084 -25
TOTAL 54156 44296 -18

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