Posted tagged ‘Public Safety’

Bicyclist Struck on Warder/7th Street Last Night

August 23, 2016

Last night, a woman riding a bicycle was the victim of a hit and run at the intersection of Rock Creek Road and 7th/Warder Street which occurred around 5:30 p.m. In speaking with neighbors, I’ve been told that the cyclist was conscious after the accident but seriously injured and left in an ambulance. Neighbors also relayed that the vehicle had Texas plates, and they suspect may have been stolen as the driver fled the scene on foot after the collision. Police had the area blocked off and were redirecting traffic for a time following the accident.

The Washington Post also provided some details of the event, which can be read here.

 

Paying Attention to Drug Arrests in Washington

August 15, 2016

I know a lot of people weren’t happy with MPD’s decision last year to do away with Police District-based vice units in favor of a centralized approach (me being among them). However, one thing MPD began doing that I do like is they begain compiling and distributing weekly Narcotics and Special Investigations Division Activity Reports via the MPD listservs. Their first report was sent out on June 15, 2016.

I’ve been looking over these reports with great interest and am trying to find a way to report the information out to the broader community. The reports have three basic types of information: 1) Narcotic Enforcement Unit Arrests, 2) Gun Recovery Unit Arrests, and 3) Criminal Interdiction Unit Arrests.

I’m particularly interested in the narcotic enforcement arrests — especially as these events are not tracked by the DC Crime Map. Looking at the report for August 13, 2016 (see full report on 4D listserv) I’ve created the following map showing the locations of drug arrests and color coded them to the type of drugs involved. Of the 25 reports listed, 5 (or 20%) were for arrests located in Ward  1 — all in Columbia Heights (mostlye crack cocaine) and Park View (heroin). No narcotic events occurred in Wards 3 or 6 this week.


(Quick key to map: Green=Marijuana / Yellow=Crack Cocaine / Red=Heroin / Brown=Synthetic Cannabinoids)

Councilmember Nadeau Holding Ward 1 Public Safety Event on Wednesday, April 27th

April 26, 2016

I wanted to make sure people who aren’t on the area listservs saw this. Councilmember Nadeau is holding a public safety event at Banneker Recreation Center tomorrow from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The full announcement is below:

A reminder that this Wednesday Councilmember Brianne Nadeau will be holding a Ward 1 Public Safety Event for residents to get to know the police teams serving Ward 1 neighborhoods and ask questions about issues in your community. In addition to the local police teams, Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will be joining us to share updates about the work MPD is doing, as well as other community leaders working to ensure public safety in Ward 1.

What: Ward 1 Public Safety Event
Who: Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, MPD Chief Cathy L. Lanier, local MPD teams, Ward 1 residents
When: Wednesday, April 27th from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Banneker Recreation Center (2500 Georgia Ave NW)

This is an opportunity to bring community members, MPD and local leaders together to address public safety concerns and build on the work that is already being done in our ward. During this event you will get to know the MPD team serving your neighborhood and ask questions about issues in your community. Additionally, this is a chance for MPD to share how Ward 1 residents can be engaged and effective neighbors.

We hope you will be able to attend and help us spread the word!

Please take a moment to RSVP online at http://bit.ly/1V5k2Yw or by emailing ehoren (at) dccouncil (dot) us.

Initial Look at DC’s Vision Zero

July 7, 2015

Following up on yesterday’s post about the need for better bike lane maintenance, I wanted to highlight the District’s adoption of the Vision Zero Initiative which began in earnest in March 2015. It is an initiative already adopted in other cities which “aims to improve pedestrian and bicycle transportation safety by showcasing effective local actions, empowering local leaders to take action, and promoting partnerships to advance pedestrian and bicycle safety.” The stated objective of Vision Zero, according to the DDOT Website is:

By the year 2024, Washington, DC will reach zero fatalities and serious injuries to travelers of our transportation system, through more effective use of data, education, enforcement, and engineering.

In particular, I like the inclusion of the Vision Zero safety map which lets residents indicate safety issues collaboratively. I noticed that there aren’t many issues listed in the Park View area yet, but presume it will fill in over the next several weeks.

Access to some of the related safety and traffic plans is available at the DC Vision Zero page here.

Vision Zero map(Detail from Vision Zero map showing Park View area.)

Community Crime Prevention Summit Scheduled for Saturday, June 6

June 4, 2015

mpdc-logoThe first of three crime prevention summits has been schedule for this Saturday, June 6, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Cardozo Education Campus. The event was organized by ANC 1B Commissioner John Green (1B12) and is co-sponsored by ANCs 1B, 1A, 2B and Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau. The details are below:

WHEN:   June 6, 11:30am – 2:30pm

WHERE:  Cardozo Education Campus (light refreshments and snacks will be provided)

PURPOSE:

  • Intended for all DC residents and business (particularly in Wards 1 & 2)
  • Meet others interested in reducing crime in their communities
  • Discuss ways to help DC neighborhoods be more vigilant and more secure
  • Discuss ways in which MPD and residents can be helpful to one another through community policing

SPECIAL GUESTS:  (subject to change)

  • Presentation by Samantha Nolan, DC Citywide Neighborhood Watch Trainer (12pm)
  • Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)
  • Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS)
  • And other DC public safety agencies

About the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Community Crime Prevention Summit:

Co-sponsored by ANCs 1B, 1A, 2B and Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau.  The summit is a great opportunity for residents of Wards 1 & 2 to discuss crime prevention, while meeting interested neighbors, business leaders, police officials and D.C. agencies that focus on public safety.

Most crimes in DC are preventable.  Being aware of your surroundings and watching where you leave personal belongings can help you from not becoming a victim.  Please join us to learn more tips on how to protect yourself and about criminal behaviors that can help you and your neighborhood be safe this summer.

Ms. Nolan is DC’s foremost crime prevention expert and a certified Neighborhood Watch Trainer.  Her presentation is approximately 1.5 hours and open discussions will be encouraged before, during, and after.

For more information, please contact John Green, ANC 1B12 Commissioner at johngreenanc(at)gmail.com.

Quarterly Police Service Area 302/409 Meeting This Wednesday

May 18, 2015

mpdc-logoThe next regularly scheduled MPD PSA 302/409 meeting is Wednesday, May 20, beginning at 7:00 pm. PSA 302/409 includes both the Park View and Columbia Heights neighborhoods, and is a good opportunity to work directly with our local officers to improve public safety.

The meeting will be held at the 4D Substation located at 750 Park Road, NW.

The 3D Roster, Maps of PSA 302, and 409, and Criminal Description Sheet are attached.

Wrap Up from Saturday’s MPD Meet and Greet

April 27, 2015
4D Commander

4D Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz and Councilmember Anita Bonds

Saturday’s MPD Meet and Greet, organized by Councilmember Anita Bonds, was well attended. In addition to a room full of residents, many ANC Commissioners from 1A and 4C were there, and Councilmember Elissa Silverman showed up during the latter half of the meeting.

Representing the police were 4D Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz and Captain Vendette Parker. The event was originally organized as a meet and greet so that residents could better know the officers patrolling their communities. However, with only two representatives from MPD there, the format changed into a question and answer session.

Drew Schneider posted a fairly detailed overview of the meeting at this Petworth News page which is worth a read as well.

Commander Manlapaz(A packed room engaged with Commander Manlapaz.)


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