PSA 102 Meeting
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Sherwood Recreation Center
Special thanks to Gwen Jenkins for taking these minutes.
* Welcome and agenda overview; greetings [5 minutes]
* Review August crime statistics, burglaries and hot spots [10 minutes]
* Block captain recruitment [5 minutes]
* Gallaudet University's Dr. Richard Lytle to discuss off-campus code of conduct [35 minutes]
* Break into neighborhood groups to address specific issues through Partnership for Problem solving; MPD officers and coordinator will help rotate to guide discussions, make plan. Meet with officers. [30 minutes]
>>> Welcome – Dave Klavitter, PSA Citizen Coordinator and MPD Lt. Barbara Hawkins, PSA 102
>>> Crime Stats: Volunteer, Roger Mattiolli reviewed crime stats from last 30 days.
* Total crime for August is below average;
* Robberies down;
* Assaults up, especially on F Street;
* Burglaries, theft and theft from auto are all down;
* Stolen autos up, clustered near where the burglaries are happening.
>>> Lt. Hawkins Report:
* Lt. Hawkins remarked that the last 24 hours were good. MPD made an arrest on a theft from auto – the suspect was also held for 11 burglaries. Residents are still not securing property and they need to do so.
* Portable property is targeted – two additional arrests for robberies were made on 10th and H, approaching people from behind. Residents/walkers must pay attention to their surroundings at all times, but especially in the afternoons and through the evenings.
* PSA officers are back on their regular shifts. Fall Initiative plan (October) is to assign officers to beats with special focus on 8th and H streets.
* Lt Hawkins named “Hot spots” where officers pay special attention.
* Union Station causes concern over safety. MPD plans to add a beat officers.
* The crime camera at 4th and L streets was damaged, but is now fixed. 1000 block of 6th Street being evaluated for a camera
>>> Block Captain Recruitment
* One goal for the block captains is to help “get the word out” about the PSA meetings and the PSA network to residents without internet access.
* The goal is to have approximately 20-30 block captains for the PSA. If anyone is interested in being a block captain, please contact Dave Klavitter at firstname.lastname@example.org
>>> Dr. Lytle from Gallaudet University.
* Dr. Lytle was present to set ground rules and expectations and to help all residents learn about the resources available to help mitigate and solve conflicts.
* New GU code of conduct has extended to off-campus students. The Office of Student Student Conduct can be found on the web: http://www.gallaudet.edu/x4419.xml.
* GU is trying to provide incentives for good behavior, but this is only effective if the rules are understood and enforced.
* The Policy is to take action against anything that affects the interests of the University or that demonstrates a flagrant disregard for others.
* If residents have issues with GU students, they should call MPD. MPD will make a report and it will be sent to the University.
* GU’s Off-Campus Housing Office is working on a comprehensive list of all off-campus students.
>>> Small group, neighborhood time with individual officers
>>> The next PSA 102 meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. at Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G St NE. For more information, go to http://psa102.blogspot.com.