Washington DC ., The authorities announced a new crime-fighting initiative Wednesday which will be piloted by police on mountain bikes and scooters in high crime areas in an effort to engage with the community after days of gun violence which saw a 6 year old girl killed.
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert ConteeIII said the community-based patrol unit will be made up of three squads led by a sergeant and eight officers. The goal, he said, was to get agents to engage with community members. Agents will be able to movecer easily and be redeployed "throughout the city throughout the day to deal with incidents and crime trends, the department said.
" This is the direct result conversations that I have had. had with the communities, "the chief told reporters. " 'We want to see the police out of the cars. We want to see police in the community '. Well, there you go. "
A new Washington DC police unit will be made up of officers on bikes and scooters in high crime areas, officials said Wednesday. (Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department)
As of Wednesday, the city numbered 105 homicides, which is on track to meet or exceed last year's 198 murders. As of October 2020, the department has declined by nearly 215 officers, Contee said.
Police have stated that it would base patrol hours on violent crime trends for the previous 14 days of this year and the following 14 days of the previous yearnte.
Initially, the agents will be deployed in the neighborhoods of Columbia Heights, Washington Highlands and Bloomingdale. The program is expected to run through October before being reassessed, a police spokesperson told Fox News.
"Having agents on mountain bikes and scooters maximizes opportunities for community engagement and communication with residents of our neighborhoods," said Contee.
The initiative follows a violent weekend in which 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney was killed and shots were fired outside of Nationals Park during a Major League Baseball Game. Contee said unit training was not a response to Co's murder.urtney.
The unit was first deployed last week, police said.
In the meantime, to stem the tide of violence, Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday ordered the police department to use "all necessary overtime " to ensure public safety.