Citizens and Police Cooperating for Near Northeast and the H Street NE Corridor.

March 14 Meeting Minutes


PSA 102 Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
7-8:30 p.m.
Sherwood Recreation Center

Giuliana Dunham- Community Prosecutor for District 1, Dept. of Justice
Lt. Sharon Mcinnis – MPD, PSA 102 LT
Sgt. Washington – MPD, PSA 102
Ofc. Simmons – MPD, PSA 102
Alphonso Coles (Community Outreach Coordinator)
David Klavitter (New PSA 102 Citizen Co-Coordinator)
Marc Lesnick (New PSA 102 Citizen Co-Coordinator)
Roger Mattioli (previous PSA coordinator and current PSA 102 statistician)
Other Community Members and MPD Officers

* Lt. Mcinnis said that two separate foot-beats have now been implemented on H St NE, from 4th to 14th Sreets NE. A one-officer day shift with Ofc. Williams happens Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. A two-officer evening shift with Officers Nguyn and Walsh happens Tuesday through Saturday from 2:30-11 p.m. The lack of a foot-beat after staff transition within PSA102 was a serious concern raised at previous meetings.

* Meeting minutes, charts, photographs and more can be accessed on the PSA 102 website at

>>> MINUTES <<<
* COMMUNITY PROSECUTOR GIULIANA DUNHAM of the U.S. Attorneys Office spoke to the group about how decisions are made to charges persons arrested in D.C., and under what circumstances persons arrested would not be charged. She explained how prosecutions in D.C. differ from other jurisdiction, since all prosecutions here are undertaken by the Department of Justice, not local prosecutors. Interestingly, she discussed how the limited space in D.C. jail for those awaiting trial leads to limits placement of more persons in half-way houses and could influence a judge’s decision to dismiss cases.

Other points to note:

The community prosecutor’s office also handles nuisance property abatement (that is, properties that sponsor actual crimes, drug or otherwise), and she suggested that she can be contacted directly to begin this process. She stated that the number of calls for service to the location does have an impact in their ability to abate nuisance properties. A member of the community also mentioned that “Operation Crackdown” still is active, and can be contacted to deal with problem properties as well.

Dunham suggested that while the photos often taken by neighborhood people to document drug activity are not sufficient for prosecution, they could be used as additional evidence at a trial if they are of sufficient quality.

Since MPD and FBI total crime stats do not include drug crimes, Roger Mattioli asked if it was possible to get monthly drug crime stats/maps (something the PSA has requested for a long time), and Dunham stated that she would help with this request.

A SHARP INCREASE IN BURGLARIES was highlighted during February’s meeting—a trend which appears to be continuing. Lt. Mcinnis stated MPD has allocated additional officer hours—including some in plainclothes—to address this increase. The community eagerly awaits the results of this plan. It was noted that almost 50% of the burglaries in the First District occurred in PSA 102, which highlights the severity of this problem.

- Lt. Mcinnis said many of these burglaries occur during daylight hours while residents are at work;
- Most occur via rear windows or doors;
- And most are very rapid snatch and grab type of burglaries;
- Community members are reminded to report suspicious people in alleys by calling 311 or 911 as appropriate and to use house alarms where available.

ROBBERIES also are up, but this trend is not as prominent as burglaries. Lt. Mcinnis said two arrests were made March 6 in connection with one robbery. She said MPD is very aware of the increase in robbery numbers and has implemented an action plan to address this, including more plainclothes officers (also to help against burglaries). Residents are reminded when walking anywhere in the city to stay alert—especially when listening to an iPod or talking on a cell phone—and try to walk near better-lighted, busier streets and sidewalks.

SMALL MOTORBIKES driven recklessly are of concern to several community members. One neighbor said juveniles often drive these small motorbikes recklessly in some neighborhoods. MPD explained that these bikes are not technically illegal, and the police are not authorized to chase down these bikes when driven in an unsafe manner. MPD is actively trying to approach the juveniles off the bikes to defuse this problem in a proactive fashion.

TEMPORARY PARKING TAGS still are a problem on Capitol Hill. Many of these temporary tags are issued by Virginia or Maryland, reported one resident.

ACTION ITEM: Lt. McGinnis is planning an “Operation Fight Back” in May for PSA 102. This is a one or two block area targeted for street safety improvements and cleanup. This area needs to be one with strong neighborhood support, and that could be improved by increased attention. Volunteer blocks/neighborhoods are needed! Learn more about “Operation Fight Back”.

* Contact Metro Transit Police to attend the April 11 meeting to hear the community’s concerns about crime at bus stops in PSA 102, and especially those on H St. NE.

* Assess burglary situation, to see if arrests have been made or stats show frequency decreasing.

Statshot: Robbery Numbers--February 2006




MPD Ofc. E. Simmons on March 14, 2006, during PSA 102 meeting. Click for a larger view.(Klavitter photo)


MPD Sgt. L Washington on March 14, 2006, during PSA 102 meeting. Click for a larger view. (Klavitter photo)


1D Prosecutor Will Address March 14 Meeting


WHAT: Police Service Area (PSA) 102 monthly meeting
WHEN: March 14 (2nd Tuesday of each month)
TIME: 7-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St NE

* Learn more about community prosecution in the First Police
District: First District Prosecutor Giuliana Dunham of the U.S.
Attorneys Office will explain what happens after suspects are
arrested by police. She will explain what's called the "papering
process" and why some people are charged with crimes while others
are released. Learn more here:

* Assess burglary situation to see if arrests have been made or
stats show frequency decreasing. Review other statistics.

* Recent robberies.

* H Street NE footbeat update.

* Identify problem areas in PSA 102 which citizens can remedy
through the Partnership for Problem Solving (PPS) process.

PSA 102 Blue: The Crew


CLICK TO ENLARGE During the Feb. 14 PSA 102 meeting at Sherwood Recreation Center (from left): Ofc. Tyrone Harris, Lt. Sharon Mcinnis, MPD Community Outreach Coordinator Alphonso Coles, First District Inspector Andy Solberg, Capt. Jeff Brown, Ofc. Charles Johnson. (Klavitter photo)


PSA 102 Crime Map: February 2006


(source: Metropolitan Police Dept.)



PSA 102 meetings happen the second Tuesday of each month.
7-8:30 p.m.
Sherwood Recreation Center
10th and G Streets NE
Washington DC 20002
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David Klavitter
PSA 102 Citizen Coordinator

Lt. Barbara Hawkins
Metropolitan Police Dept.

First District Police Dept. names and numbers can be found on the First District website.



Three groups are available to facilitate communication and discussion among the wired community.

First District listserv:
MPD-sanctioned listserv about broader issues that affect the entire First District.

Neighborhood-supported discussion (non-political and non-commercial) concerning the northeast area of Washington D.C., bounded clockwise by the railroad tracks, Florida Ave NE, Maryland Ave NE, 9th Street NE, East Capitol Street, 2nd St NE, Massachusetts Ave, and Columbus Circle.

Orange Hat Patrols are groups of citizens, often in the company of police officers, who walk the neighborhood for about an hour. They pick up trash, note any missing signs or burned out streetlights, and provide a visible presence for concerned residents in the area.

There currently are three weekly PSA 102 Orange Hat groups. One meets on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. in front of the Stuart Hobson School to walk around PSA 102. Another meets at 6 p.m. every Friday evening in front of the J.O. Wilson School at the corner of 7th and K Street NE.

Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Stuart-Hobson’s main entrance, 400 block of E St. NE. Contact Roger Mattioli at or Kim Matthews at 202-543-4653 or email her at

Thursdays at 7 p.m. in front of JO Wilson School at 7th and K St. NE. Contact Brandon Bies at 202-543-2046.

Fridays at 7 p.m. in front of JO Wilson School at 7th and K St. NE. Contact Daniel Pernell at 202-421-2001.

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