Chief Cathy Lanier’s AHOD Comes Up Short
The D.C. Police Department's All-Hands-On-Deck program ended the year with a whimper. The program was such a bust that the last AHOD weekend didn't even produce a press release touting huge arrest numbers! The reason? This final AHOD took place during the weekend of the big snow storm. Maybe Chief Cathy Lanier should have canceled her morale buster.
The arrest numbers are so low that I wasn't even sure AHOD actually happened. Was there an AHOD, I ask FOP Chief Kristopher Baumann. His reply: "Yes as far as I know." [The department's press office assures that the program did in fact take place during the snowy weekend].
The program has been touted as either a publicity stunt or a crime fighting tool. Baumann, a longtime AHOD hater, isn't sure either reason was served by this last effort.
"I don't know how either one of those is satisfied during the snow storm," Baumann says.
Check out the sad arrest numbers after the jump.
The U.S. Attorney's Office passed on a breakdown of the AHOD arrests. Keep in mind that the Office of the Attorney General would handle other, more minor crimes and is not included in these numbers.
For December 18, there were 14 felony arrests, 34 misdemeanor arrests, nine fugitive busts, and 16 cases that were no papered (meaning tossed out).
On December 19, there were two felony arrests, five misdemeanors, 16 cases no papered, and three fugitive busts.
On December 21, police made 25 felony arrests, 5 fugitive busts, 41 misdemeanor arrests, and had 15 cases no papered.
*photo by Darrow Montgomery.