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“Thus far, we have a lot to be able to celebrate,” Mr. Gray said.

Three of the crime hot spots where D.C. officials have focused their efforts — selected because they contain the most densely clustered incidents of violent crime — are located less than a mile from the Prince George’s County border.

And the private Catholic school in the Washington Highlands where officials announced the results of the ongoing anti-crime initiative was closer to a police district headquarters in Prince George’s County than the Metropolitan Police Department’s own 7th District headquarters.

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said she reads morning crime reports daily from the District and both Prince George’s and Montgomery counties to stay abreast of crime trends.

The chief, who grew up in Cheverly, said she doesn’t want to see a crime increase in her “old stomping grounds” as a result of stepped up efforts in the District, but she can’t help but note the progress the city has made.

“I think the city has really turned a corner and we are going to see a much safer Washington, D.C., going forward,” Chief Lanier said.

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