The City Paper‘s City Desk blog has a really informative entry on exactly why Chief Cathy Lanier deserves the credit for the District’s rapidly dropping homicide rate. They cite an increased emphasis on arresting suspects in non-lethal shootings (this one seems like a no-brainer; was this really not a priority previously?), and aggressively managing and encouraging communication between all the various police sub-groups that could have information about particular gangs, neighborhoods, and persons of interest. The CP specifically dismisses “All Hands On Deck” as a possible factor.
The whole entry is worth reading, if only for the excellent use of the verb form of “beef.”