D.C. homicide clearance hits lowest level after rates drop from 50 to 42 percent for 2021
The homicide rate in DC fell eight percent this year as less than half of homicide cases closed this year, which criminologists attribute to a lack of trust in law enforcement amid the awakened anti-police movement in the country.
The lack of trust in law enforcement is attributed to the decline in the city’s cleanup rate, as 42 percent homicide cases were reportedly closed by 2021, according to data from DC Witness.
Criminologists have since noted that the reliability of the police is of great importance in solving murder cases, as it is necessary to speak with witnesses and conduct thorough investigations.
These specialists also noted that numbers reportedly fluctuate based on these relationships, as evidenced by the intense crime rates that continue to rise throughout the city.
The negative relationship between law enforcement and the community has been attributed to events such as the murder of George Floyd in May 2020 after Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin sat on his neck for more than nine minutes.
Movements across the country called for the return of police forces in response to Floyd’s death during that year’s summer season.
The homicide rate has dropped significantly after 50 percent of cases closed for 2020.
The year 2021 also saw a nearly 13 percent increase in homicides compared to last year, with a total of 226 reported incidents.
The city’s overall crime rate also rose three percent, with a total of 28,413 reported incidents.
Criminologists report that a lack of trust with local law enforcement contributed to the eight percent drop in DC murder clearings for 2021
The year 2021 saw a nearly 13 percent increase in homicide cases since 2020 as a total of 226 incidents were reported
The clearance rate dropped this year from 50 to 42 percent compared to 2020
“If people have less faith in the police, want less contact with the police, they won’t be as cooperative,” criminology professor Richard Rosenfeld told Fox News.
‘As a result, the police lose that valuable form of help in solving murders.’
“The police cannot clean up crimes on their own. Those of us who happened to witness the event are key ingredients to the police’s ability to solve a murder or other serious crime with an arrest.”
Criminologists have noted that a lack of trust has contributed to the community’s declining trust in law enforcement.
“There can be a very vicious circle where the police make an effort to solve murders, which under circumstances last year and until this year has meant that the police solved fewer murders,” Rosenfeld also told the network.
‘As a result, the confidence of the community in the effectiveness of the police will certainly not improve or increase.’
“It will most likely decrease. As community trust in the police declines… we can expect the murder rate to increase, increasing the number of cases, making it more difficult for the police to solve murders.”
Trust in police officers is considered vital in homicide investigations, as evidenced by the declining percentage
In response to events such as the murder of George Floyd. in 2020, movements were carried out to relieve the national police forces
An August 2020 Gallup poll showed that trust in law enforcement was lowest at just 48 percent.
Despite the rising clearance rate, the country’s confidence in the police has increased by three percent for 2021.
However, a community’s relationship with law enforcement is considered critical in terms of homicide investigations, as evidenced by the decline in cleanups.
“The most important factor in whether or not a murder is cleared up is the availability of a cooperating witness, and in some murder cases there is no available cooperating witness,” crime investigator Thomas Abt told Fox News.
These criminologists have noted that the ideal would be to facilitate further investigation by expanding methods of intervention for urban violence and allocating more resources to the police.
Mayor Muriel Bowser tried to call for more officers to be hired even after law enforcement budget fell due to anti-police moves
National movements were organized to punish police organizations across the country in response to George Floyd’s murder.
In response, the DC City Council regularly cut its law enforcement budget, even refusing Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request to hire more officers.
However, the council planned to organize a social program that would help combat urban violence.
The number of police officers continued to fall, as the city had only 3,550 officers employed by the city in December.
Bowser had blamed the low staffing levels on the effects of attrition and a lack of officers.
The MPD, which reportedly has a budget of $550 million, said in June that “higher than expected turnover” was responsible for the $3 million not spent by the department on staffing activities and job openings.
Deputy Mayor Chris Geldart noted that it is important to give more resources to the MPD to further investigate and clarify murders and other crimes, after a violent year for the city, which has increased by three percent since 2020.
“This year it was bad numbers compared to previous years here in the District of Columbia,” Geldart told Fox News.
“But I also look at all the things we’ve done, the things we’ve been able to achieve, and it could have been a lot worse.”
The city and MPD had deployed some resources to fight the wave of violent crime in DC, but Geldart still wasn’t satisfied.
“Again, not happy, not happy with the result, but I think it could have been a lot worse,” he added.
DC Deputy Mayor Chris Geldart noted that the pandemic also impacted the low clean-up rate, as it made it difficult to arrest and prosecute criminals as lawsuits were suspended and correctional facilities kept limited populations behind bars to prevent the crime. prevent spread
Geldart also said the pandemic had affected cleanup rates in the past year, suspending lawsuits and underpopulation of correctional facilities to prevent further spread of the virus.
“The interesting thing we’ve seen this year, as our homicide rates have gone up where they’ve gone, is that the community isn’t actually in the same place,” he said.
“The community is actually asking, ‘Where are our police officers? We want the police officers in the community.'”
‘Is there trust in the police? Are the police there to serve the community in the way the community expects? I think the answer here in the District of Columbia is as good as it gets.”
The MPD also released a statement on behalf of Fox News.
“MPD works tirelessly and builds on relationships with the communities we serve to make them safer,” the statement said.
“MPD places an emphasis on accountability and transparency to support an open and trusting relationship with the community.”
“MPD is committed to ensuring that every police interaction meets the high standards of fair and constitutional policing.”