DOJ launches new measures to tackle violent crime in DC

The Justice Department announced a boost in resources to tackle the rise of violent crime in Washington, D.C., focusing on measures to combat carjackings. 

“Last year, we saw an encouraging decline in violent crime in many parts of the country, but there is much more work to do — including here in the District of Columbia,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a press release Friday. 

Washington, D.C., ended 2023 with a 26% increase in overall crime compared to last year, according to Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia data. That included a 39% increase in violent crime, and carjackings rose for the sixth year in a row, totaling 959 reported incidents. 

“This surge in law enforcement resources will build on the Department’s efforts to target the individuals and organizations that are driving violent crime in the
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