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By The Numbers: Crime And Policing In D.C.

D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department has 772 marked cruisers.
D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department has 772 marked cruisers.

D.C. By The Numbers is a series that uses numbers to highlight and explore exactly how D.C. does — and doesn't — work. Have a number to share? Get in touch.

Every year, the Metropolitan Police Department publishes its annual report, in which the department summarizes crime trends and highlights new initiatives. The report covering 2013 was released today (it's posted below), and here are some of the interesting outtakes:

  • Last year, there were 3,984 sworn police officers in MPD. Along with civilian personnel, MPD had 4,425 employees. Among sworn personnel, 78 percent are men, 57 percent are black, 32 percent white, seven percent Hispanic, and three percent Asian.
  • From 2009 to 2011, MPD lost more officers than it hired, with 2011 being worst year: eight officers were hired, and 168 left. That turned around in 2012 and 2013. Last year, 301 officers were hired, 197 lost.
  • There were 41,747 arrests in D.C. in 2013, down from 42,471 in 2012. The top offenses: simple assault (6,720), narcotics (5,866), traffic (4,656), and warrants (4,624). Least arrested offenses: arson (10), counterfeiting (2), embezzlement (1).
  • In 2013, there were 104 homicides in D.C., including the 12 people killed at the Washington Navy Yard. Of those, 78 percent were committed with a gun, 10 percent with a knife. Seventy-eight percent of the victims were black males, nine percent black females and eight percent white males.
  • There were 70 bias-related crimes in 2013, 31 of which — 44 percent — were related to the victim's sexual orientation. Eighteen were linked to race, and 12 to gender identity or expression. The highest number occurred in the Third District, which covers a portion of central D.C.
  • According to MPD statistics, sexual assaults increased from 259 to 298 from 2012 to 2013, a 15 percent increase. But according to a broader definition of "forcible rape" used by the FBI, the number of incidents increased from 236 to 393.
  • 1,330 firearms were recovered in 2013, down from 1,938 the year prior. Of those, half were recovered in the sixth and seventh police districts, which are east of the Anacostia River. Virginia and Maryland were the top sources for the guns, followed by North Carolina and Connecticut.
  • In 2013, there were 558 citations for egregious speeding, which is defined as speeding 30 miles an hour over the speed limit. That was down from the four years prior. There were also 4,734 citations for seatbelts or child restraints, and 7,621 for distracted driving, when a driver is caught operating while using a cell phone. In 2011, there were 11,111 citations for distracted driving.
  • There were 486,853 calls for police service in 2013, up by 19,784 from the year prior. Of those, 53,660 were Priority 1 calls, or those were there is an imminent threat to safety. Average response time for all calls was seven minutes 31 seconds, 16 seconds faster than in 2012, and five minutes 46 seconds for Priority 1 calls.
  • In 2013, D.C. police officers intentionally discharged their weapons 16 times, with five people being killed and seven being injured as a consequence. There were six accidental or negligent weapon discharges.
  • Last year, there were 358 allegations of misconduct against D.C. police officers. The most common complaints? Poor or lack of police service (63), officer acting rude or unprofessional (53), abuse of authority (50), and excessive use of force (34).
  • MPD has 772 marked cruisers and 425 unmarked cruisers, along with 141 scooters, 49 motorcycles and 17 boats.

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