Police, DC government ready for the summer; focusing on neighborhood improvements

WASHINGTON D.C. – Pay no mind to the calendar or the thermometer— police and government leaders in the District of Columbia are ready to turn up the heat on criminals with the Summer Crime Initiative.

The annual laser-focus on a handful of high crime zones across the district.

This year police say they’ll keep a close eye on 11 areas which include the neighborhoods of Langston Carver, Trinidad, Grant Park NE Boundary, Greenway, Greater Anacostia, Woodland, Congress Heights, Douglass, Shipley, and Washington Heights.

“We know that crime and violence prevention is about more than just policing,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “The Summer Crime Prevention Initiative reflects this approach with a focus on not only policing, but also keeping our young residents engaged, providing employment opportunities, and connecting residents with resources to meet their needs, all of which are linked to crime reduction.”

On Monday, the Mayor led dozens of people through a Ward 8 neighborhood to survey residents, collect information and pass along information about summer opportunities for teenagers.

“We want to make people feel safe,” said Chief Peter Newsham of the Metropolitan Police Department.