Gang-Related Incidents Drastically Down in Takoma Park; Weekly Crime Report 3/28/14 – 4/3/14

Prior to 2010, the City of Takoma Park was unable to track and properly identify the correlation of criminal street gangs to crime occurring in the City of Takoma Park, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.  Currently, the Takoma Park Police Department has one detective assigned to the Montgomery County Police Department’s Special Investigations Division, Criminal Street Gang Unit.  During the early parts of 2011, a gang crime incident occurred within the City limits every 3.5 days.  This figure was substantiated by a release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who reported that approximately 80% of all crime in the United States is related to gang involvement.   Since having a gang investigator assigned to the Criminal Street Gang Unit, gang related incidents have steadily declined, drastically, each year with 2013 being the lowest since the inception of having a full time gang investigator.  In 2013, there were less than 50 gang related incidents that occurred within the City limits (an over 50% reduction).  While this trend continues, there are strong indicators suggesting gang members and affiliates who once perpetrated their criminal acts within Takoma Park are now committing criminal offenses in the neighboring jurisdictions.  The gang investigator is continually working with allied agencies to combat criminal offenses occurring both within and outside the City limits of Takoma Park.

 

The assigned gang investigator spent over two years working consistently with counter-parts throughout the region.  Although Takoma Park’s gang detective investigates hundreds of criminal cases (some in Takoma Park and others in our neighboring jurisdictions), there are two specific cases that warrant highlighting:

 

            http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/23141367/witness-intimidation-in-takoma-park-gang-related-armed-robbery#axzz2xqRruSGl

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-man-sentenced-to-five-years-in-takoma-park-armed-robbery/2013/08/14/e16faa1e-0529-11e3-9259-e2aafe5a5f84_story.html

The gang investigator has recently been promoted and now supervises a small group of officers assigned to the Special Assignment Team (SAT).  The City of Takoma Park realizes the importance of detailing officers to “Task Force” units and is now able to reap the benefits of this investigator’s experience as he is training additional officers on the intricacies of gang investigations.  SAT is now capable of handling any and all gang-related incidents that occur within the City of Takoma Park.

 

During 2014, the assigned gang investigator will continue his/her efforts to solidify open lines of communication with Takoma Park’s neighboring jurisdictions to help identify suspects and combat criminal activity committed by gang members.  Additionally, preventative measure such as school presentations and letters to parents/guardians of juveniles suspected of having an affiliation to a criminal street gang will continue.

 

Weekly Crime Report 3/28/14 – 4/3/14

 

Arrests:

 

1300 block of University Blvd., on Saturday, March 29 at 2:51 pm, a male, 31, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

 

7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Wednesday, April 2 at 8:53 pm, a male, 35, was arrested for first degree assault and reckless endangerment.

 

Ward 1:

 

7300 block of Cedar Avenue, on Friday, March 28 at 5:27 pm, officers responded for a theft.

 

Ward 2:

 

7500 block of Carroll Avenue, on Friday, March 28 at 5:18 pm, officers responded for an assault.

 

7600 block of Carroll Avenue, on Friday, March 28 at 5:00 pm, officers responded to the Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH) for the report of a threat to a patient.

 

6800 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Tuesday, April 1 at 1:19 pm, officers responded for a theft.

 

Ward 3:

 

200 block of Ethan Allen Avenue, on Sunday, March 30 at 7:56 pm, officers responded for a theft.

 

200 block of Spring Avenue, on Monday, March 31 at 9:11 am, officers responded for a theft.

 

Ward 4:

 

7600 block of Maple Avenue, on Friday, March 28 at 11:40 am, officers responded for vandalism.

 

7700 block of Maple Avenue, on Friday, March 28 at 5:17 pm, officers responded for a theft.

 

Ward 5:

 

8300 block of Roanoke Avenue, on Monday, March 31 at 8:03 pm, officers responded for a domestic disturbance.

 

Ward 6:

 

7200 block of 13th Avenue, on Friday, March 28 at 3:19 am, officers responded for vandalism.

 

1100 block of University Blvd., on Saturday, March 29 at 4:57, officers responded for an assault.

 

7900 block of Cole Avenue, on Sunday, March 30 at 3:55 am, officers responded for a domestic disturbance.

 

7600 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Sunday, March 30 at 9:39 am, officers responded for a theft.

 

1100 block of University Blvd., on Sunday, March 30 at 7:36 pm, officers responded for a theft.

 

7600 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Sunday, March 30 at 11:57 pm, officers responded for a domestic disturbance.

 

 

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