Last year, police chief Cathy Lanier held a series of public meetings informing residents that as of January 1, 2012, MPD would be redistricting. Residents were told that this would result in MPD being able to more effectively police our residential neighborhoods. The chief change for Ward 1 was that Mt. Pleasant and northern Columbia Heights & Park View were moved from the Third police district to the Fourth police district to the north. Councilmember Graham — along with many residents of Mt. Pleasant and Park View — opposed this plan. Lanier, however, held fast stating that this was necessary for continued effective policing.
However, in reviewing year-to-date police statistics (pulled from DC Crime map on 8/20/12), it is clear that Park View is not receiving the attention that it needs from MPD. The statistics show that Ward 1 has a total increase in crime of 5%. Similarly, the new PSA 409 (4D map here) has a total increase in crime of 5%. The new PSA 302 (which covers the area between the Soldiers’ Home and 16th Street, between Park Road/Monroe and Harvard Street) has a total increase in crime of 24%.
Yet, in pulling the statistics for crime within 1,500 feet of the intersection of 6th Street and Newton Place — which encompass most of the neighborhood north of Kenyon Street — the total increase in Park View crime over last year is a whopping 41%.
Clearly something isn’t right here. It is time for MPD to live up to the promises that were made with redistricting. Below are the year-to-date statistics for Ward 1, PSA 409, and 1,500 of 6th and Newton. Click on each image for a larger version.
2012 year-to-date crime statistics, by category, for the majority of the neighborhood
2012 year-to-date crime statistics, by category, for PSA 409
2012 year-to-date crime statistics, by category, for PSA 302
2012 year-to-date crime statistics, by category, for Ward 1