PSA 102 Meeting
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sherwood Recreation Center
PSA OFFICIALS ATTENDING (in addition to 16 PSA residents):
David Klavitter (PSA 102 Citizen Co-Coordinator)
*** Introduction of new PSA 102 Lt. Barbara Hawkins, other officers and community members
*** Shared information on the MPD First District Listserv as a good resource for posting and receiving timely information about neighborhood safety and crime issues:
First District listserv: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MPD-1D
*** Discussed PSA 102 program developments for 2007, including:
- Neighborhood block captains, who can serve as communication points for blocks throughout PSA.
- More effective us of Partnership for Problem Solving process.
- Lt. Hawkins discussed the process of: 1) identifying potential problems, 2) voting on priority projects and 3) as a community, focus on fixing that problem until it is completely resolved.
- Further discussion of the PSP will be continued at the next meeting.
*** Citizen Police Academy
- Lt. Hawkins described the Academy as a six week (one hour/week) training session in which a minimum of 10-15 people would be trained to better understand why and how MPD officers operate.
- Lt. Hawkins invited the PSA 102 meeting attendees to organize a group interested in participating in the Academy.
*** Meet and greets and distribution of safety information at foot traffic points (Metrorail stations/ Metrobus stops)
- Police and community members discussed distributing brochures/flyers to educate community members on the “Top 10 ways to avoid becoming a victim of crime”
- Community members encouraged representatives to remember New York Avenue Metro in addition to Union Station.
*** Reviewed January crime statistics
- All crimes are in a downward trend except burglaries, theft from auto and auto theft.
- PSA 102 has currently in operation a special task force (plainclothes, etc) to curb the trend. Complete D.C. crime maps can be accessed online at: http://crimemap.dc.gov/presentation/intro.asp
- Police encourage citizens to keep homes, front and back yards less inviting to strangers by:
- Keeping porch lights on or use motion lights
- Requesting the District to cut tree branches/shrubbery away from street lights
- Calling 3-1-1 if you see suspicious activity/trespassing. If a crime is in progress, call 9-1-1 and identify as many details about the suspect as possible (scars, voice, teeth, etc.)
- Get to know your neighbors and watch out for each other
*** Discussed community interests:
- Pickford Place NE – recent spike in crimes (armed robbery, prostitution, stolen car, etc.)
* Police repeated the recommendations listed above.
* Community discussed Multi-Agency Plan drafted by ANC 6A Commissioner Joe Fengler.
* Citizens have recently experienced firewood salesmen coming to the doors. Police encouraged citizens to NOT open the door.
- February 1 homicide at H and 10th ST NE
* Police reported this was the first homicide in the area in approximately two years
* While the case is still open and the police cannot discuss thoroughly, Officer Johnson assured citizens that the situation was not random and that there exists no public safety concerns related to this.
- Double parking at area churches on Sundays
* Citizen identified this as a health and safety issue, inquiring why cars are not ticketed.
* Lt. Hawkins indicated that this issue was a long-term challenge for the District and that it may be a good topic for the Partnership for Problem Solving.
- Gallaudet University
* Citizen raised concern over lack of officers that are proficient in Sign Language
* The group discussed options for training existing police officers and identifying the resources (within MPD) to enable them to do so.
*** Develop ideas for greater participation in monthly PSA 102 meetings:
- Citizens Academy information
- Block captain organization
*** Procure MPD public safety flyers to distribute to pedestrians
- Locations: 1) Union Station near D, E, and F Streets NE; 2) neighborhoods near New York Avenue Metro Station; 3) People walking home from busy bus stops along H St NE; 4) Distribute to all businesses in PSA;
*** Review Pickford Place NE Multi-Agency Plan;
*** Find additional people or funding for Sign Language.