The top 5 causes of Adult Arrests in Ward 2, from 2005 to March 2009
The top 5 causes of Adult Arrests Citywide, from 2005 to March 2009
In December, we bitched and moaned about the possibility that the Metropolitan Police Department had unduly increased its Possession of Open Container Arrests (POCAs) in the Second District, where Georgetown and George Washington University are located. And hey, who’s to say it wasn’t a Mark Carter crackdown?: POCAs were the only type of arrests that burgeoned in the months for which there was data (except for prostitution arrests. What??).
But despite our arch implications that some sort of conspiracy against students prompted these arrests, MPD seems less likely than ever before to come after you for your wide-mouthed Keystone: though POCAs were the fifth most common type of arrest for Ward 2 residents, 2008 saw the lowest number of POCAs for all the four years that data was available.
Those numbers are 727 POCAs for 2005, 531 for 2006, 357 for 2007, and 295 for 2008. They’re graphed (but not labeled—thanks OCTO!) above in purple.
While a glance at the chart reveals that the number of most types of arrests in Ward 2 fell overall in the past four years, POCAs were the type of arrests which saw the greatest decline: POCAs fell by 59 percent from 2004 to 2008, while “Other Misdemeanor Offenses” arrests fell 47.5 percent, “No Permit” arrests fell 42 percent, and Traffic Offence arrests fell 38 percent in the same time period. Assault arrests rose.