Washington, D.C., police made more than 400 arrests and violent crime dropped sharply during the latest installment of All Hands on Deck, a program that put about 3,500 officers on the streets last weekend, reports the Washington Post. Although many neighborhoods have been dealing with increases in homicides and other crimes, there were no slayings or shootings in the city over the weekend, said Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier began All Hands on Deck in June, increasing police presence in concentrated time periods in hopes of deterring crime and improving community relations. Most officers worked a pair of eight-hour shifts between Friday and Sunday mornings, including many who usually are assigned to desk duties. It was Lanier’s fifth and final All Hands on Deck for the year. All told, officers netted about 2,400 arrests during the program. D.C. Council member Jim Graham said it was unusual to have a weekend without shootings in his ward. “I favor whatever provides us more police,” Graham said. “For us, more police is simply better. It makes a difference. It assures the neighborhood and prevents crime.”