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Dear PoP – MPD Floodlights

by Prince Of Petworth May 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm 26 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user Wayan Vota

“Dear PoP,

I noticed tonight that MPD floodlights (you know, the ones that are towed behind a police van) have gone up at 13th and Randolph. I poked around the MPD website trying to find out specific information about when/why these specifically might be put in place but cannot find anything. I’ve only ever noticed them in front of buildings that have, uh, crime problems (such as the low-income housing by the 7th and R Shaw metro entrance) and am wondering what’s going on. Do you have any idea why these might have been placed at 13th and Randolph?”

It my understanding that there are a few reasons as to why MPD Floodlights could possibly be deployed. First if there has been a serious crime such as a shooting. In that case the floodlights are used as a deterrent to discourage retaliations. Floodlights can also be deployed if MPD receives some sort of intelligence that a crime or beef between crews is about to heat up. Thirdly they can be deployed to an area that sees repeated crime such as a string of muggings. In my observation the most common deployment seems to come either after a shooting or in territory that is disputed between rival crews/gangs. I’m sure there is a boring template answer but that’s my basic understanding.

As for 13th and Randolph I have not heard anything specific regarding that location.

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