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MPD beefs up summer patrols

(Published July 15, 2002)

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Summer Mobile Force, which targets selected "hot spots" experiencing high levels of street crime, will hit the streets July 15 with 90 to 100 additional police officers patrolling the District every Tuesday through Saturday night, MPD officials have announced.

Officers normally assigned to specialized units and administrative positions will be re-deployed for two, one-week periods through mid-October as part of the effort.

Summer Mobile Force officers will work what Police Chief Charles Ramsey dubbed the "power shift" – from 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. – when he created the special force several years ago. The "power shift" will be extended to 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Ramsey said the extended weekend shifts will be staffed with officers who volunteer for overtime duty.

Ramsey also recently told D.C. City Council that he is considering a plan to reconfigure boundaries of the city’s 83 patrol service areas. The changes would split some large PSAs and consolidate others, resulting in fewer PSAs that are aligned better with natural neighborhood boundaries, Ramsey said.

The chief also noted that reducing the number of PSAs will increase the number of officers assigned to the average PSA and free some lieutenants for other supervisory and management responsibilities within the department.

Ramsey pledged to hold a series of community meetings later this year to get public comment on the proposed reconfiguration before the boundary changes become effective.

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