Northern Park View & Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant, Welcome to the Fourth Police District

Map showing current and realigned Fourth Police District

For those that have been following the realignment of MPD’s seven police districts, it looks like Mt. Pleasant and everything north of Monroe Street/Park Road east of 16th Street is slated to become part of the Fourth District. Being someone who lives on the 3D/4D border, I do think that it will be nice to only have to call one district instead of two. However I haven’t been hearing flattering things about the last time parts of this area were within 4D.

In talking to one long-time resident about what it was like before the last police district change they replied that I didn’t have the “experience that [they did] with 4D and [their] untimely responses, if any, and rumors of drug dealers being alerted when calls were placed about the drug activity.”  They continued that they believe things only improved once they were redistricted to the Third District. On the other hand, in talking to some residents currently living in the Fourth District they seem to think that their current level of support from MPD is pretty good.

Newly proposed 4D PSAs 408 and 409

The reason for the redistricting is to improve service by equally distributing crime and calls for service as evenly as possible among the District’s seven police districts. To this, my Ward 1 neighbor again stated that to realign based on crime stats is ridiculous. “If 4D is as ineffective as it was in the past, of course its crime stats are going to be lower than those of 3D.” Clearly, long-established residents have strong feelings about MPDs past performance. As such, I hope residents will attend MPD’s series of meetings focusing on these proposals and ask the tough questions they need answered.

You can read the Forth District information sheet here. That meeting is scheduled for June 16th at 7 p.m., 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW.


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