- The Washington Times - Monday, October 2, 2006

Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said yesterday that he expects the crime emergency to continue for at least two weeks.

“I would think we’ll go until at least October 19 and perhaps through the month, and then we’ll see where we’re at,” Chief Ramsey told The Washington Times.

The chief made his comments after police recorded three homicides in 24 hours spanning the first two days of this month:

• Eric Delonte Holloway, 37, of the 800 block of Bellevue Street Southeast, was shot several times in the head and body. He was found yesterday at 12:17 a.m. in the 2800 block of Robinson Place Southeast.

• Landen Hughes Mayo, 36, of the 1600 block of Kenilworth Avenue Southeast, was shot in the body outside his residence at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

• Carlton D. Fisher, 23, was shot multiple times outside his home in the 1100 block of 21st Street Northeast at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

No arrests have been made in the cases.

Chief Ramsey scaled back the crime emergency Sept. 6, restoring one day off every other week to officers who have been working six-day weeks since July 11.

In announcing that decision, the police chief said September would be crucial in determining whether a downward trend in crime rates holds because there is often as much crime in September as in the summer months.

Five homicides were recorded in a 24-hour stretch from Sept. 24 to 25. Chief Ramsey said that despite that violent day, the homicide total for the month was 13.

Interim City Administrator Ed Reiskin, deputy mayor for public safety and justice, said during a hearing last week that police had spent $10.6 million on overtime for officers working six-day shifts. He credited the tactic for a 15 percent reduction in violent crime.

The declaration of a crime emergency suspends the provisions of the police union contract that mandate a two-week notice before changing officers’ assignments. Chief Ramsey used it to redeploy officers to high-crime areas and institute the six-day workweeks.

A package of anti-crime legislation passed on an emergency basis in July is set to expire Oct. 19. The legislation authorized the use of neighborhood surveillance cameras, granted the mayor the power to set the time of the juvenile curfew, allowed some offenders to be held until trial and gave police access to juvenile criminal records.

The D.C. Council is scheduled to vote today on whether to renew the package for 90 days on an emergency basis.

Permanent anti-crime legislation that addresses the provisions of the emergency measure is before the council, but it cannot be enacted before December at the earliest.

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