Crime Prevention in the District of Columbia

Strategies for Building and Sustaining Safe Neighborhoods

Cathy LanierIn recent years, the overall trends in violent crime rates (homicide, rape, aggravated assault and robbery) have fallen in the District of Columbia.  What factors have accounted for the steady decline in these and other offenses? 

You are invited to come out on Wednesday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m. to hear Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of Police of the Metropolitan Police Department, discuss trends and ways citizens can assist law enforcement.  

Lanier became the first woman to assume leadership of the Department when D.C. City Council confirmed her nomination on April 3, 2007.  A veteran law enforcement officer who joined the Department in 1990 and has served most of her career in uniformed patrol, Chief Lanier rose through the ranks.  Her achievements include establishing the agency’s first Homeland Security/Counter-Terrorism Branch in 2006 and creating an agency-wide chemical, biological, radiological response unit--the Special Threat Action Team.  Chief Lanier holds master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California.  She is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of community policing and homeland security.