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WASHINGTON, D.C. – FBI officials say the number of carjackings in Washington is declining this year. Officials say there have been about 200 carjackings so far this year in the city, compared with about 600 for all of 2008.

Joseph Persichini Jr., assistant director of the FBI’s Washington field office, credits a joint D.C. police-FBI task force for the drop.

The task force, which started in January, has one D.C. police sergeant and five detectives, plus four FBI agents. They also can rely on an additional 15 FBI agents on the agency’s violent crimes task force.

The group’s work has resulted in the indictment of 14 accused carjackers.

Persichini says officials have found that carjackers are also involved in other crimes, such as homicides and robberies.

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