Police Service Area (PSA) 102 Meeting Report
October 9, 2007
(Thank you to ANC6C Commissioner Karen Wirt for taking notes and filing this report.)
Dave Klavitter, citizen coordinator, called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. Lieutenant Barbara Hawkins and Commander Dave Kamperin and about 25 citizens from the community were in attendance.
REVIEW OF CRIME STATISTICS
Roger Mattioli reported the statistics for the past month. There were no homicides and no sex offenses. Burglaries were up from 10 to 18. Thefts were down from 24 to 13. Mr. Mattioli explained that the decrease in thefts was good news because the number had been high for the past six months. Crimes involving stolen autos and theft from autos were also down. These statistics are posted on the MPD listserv.
HOT SPOTS: LT. HAWKINS’ REPORT
Lt. Hawkins reported that in the last 30 days the majority of burglaries have occurred in the area of the 1200 block of Maryland Avenue NE. The pattern appears to be breaking windows to enter and stealing items such as laptops, jewelry, and money. Other hot spots have been on the 600 block of Orleans Place, H Street, and Morton Place between Fourth and Fifth Streets (two suspects were locked up in June regarding the last location).
The fall projection is for the robbery cases to be referred to detectives. About 20 burglaries are expected to be closed in the next two weeks; more than one suspect is involved. Officers on mountain bikes are making a difference.
The pattern of most robberies is that thieves come from behind and demand money, cell phones, and wallets. In a case at Second and F, the victim was talking on a cell phone, with a laptop in a shoulder bag. Two suspects were caught in this case. It is important to be alert while walking on the street.
In another case on the 700 block of H Street a laptop was stolen. It was sold to someone who was later charged with receiving stolen property. Always ask for and retain a receipt for purchases; without a receipt the purchase could be stolen property.
Drug areas have been active for years, with citizens providing good input on drug houses. Some of these locations are the 1000 block of Sixth St NE, Fourth and L St NE, 600 block of Orleans Place NE, 600 block of Morton Place NE, and the 1200 block of Wylie Street NE. NCIS, narcotics division, is working on these areas.
Be mindful of your surroundings during the holidays, including robberies at gas stations. Lt. Hawkins is working to obtain recruits from the police academies during the holiday season. She stated that with colder weather, robbers seem to favor North Face jackets in the 1D area.
COMMANDER DAVID KAMPERIN’S REPORT
(See Commander Kamperin's photo here
Commander Kamperin introduced himself as the new commander, promoted at the same time Diane Groomes was appointed Deputy Chief. He said he is happy to be back with PSA 102. Commander Kamperin has been on the police force for 22 years, serving in four of the seven MPD districts. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in public management and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Police Academy.
The commander said he receives about 130 emails a day and is delegating some of the work to empower the PSA lieutenants. The focus in PSA 102 is on key arrests and the upcoming holiday season. He recommends having neighbors pick up packages delivered to doorsteps. Packages are an indication that no one is home. If citizens have alarm systems, make sure the company is licensed and bonded.
On November 2-3, an MPD project, “All Hands on Deck” will begin, in which the police will offer a proactive burglary assessment of homes. If homeowners don’t want an assessment, officers will provide pamphlets.
Commander Kamperin reemphasized Lt. Hawkins’ warning to be mindful of surroundings. People who walk down the street while multi-tasking (on ipods, cell phones, Blackberries) are especially vulnerable to robbery. Even contractors working on jobs who are not watching can be victims.
The commander spent two years working in the MPD narcotics division. He reported observations of drug activity between Seventh and Eighth Streets on H: heroin early, crack later in the day. A drug house at 811 10th Street is still active, although the house appears to be vacant. An ANC commissioner in attendance confirmed that the occupant is still there. MPD will follow up.
This fall MPD staff changes include two new captains, two lieutenants, five sergeants. The fall crime initiative is season-oriented. Each quarter the MPD tries to project areas of concern. Emergency team meetings are called so that all members know the strategy for the next season. Beat officers are kept informed of these strategies. Depending on the time of day of a particular crime focus, officers are reallocated.
Commander Kamperin’s plan for the seven different PSAs under his watch is to get them up to speed, deploy resources where needed. Power shifts are part of the plan, with 28 officers and an effort to keep the same officers in the same PSAs so that these officers “take ownership” in their own PSA. In an emergency, however, these PSA officers would be directed to the area of concern. The plan acknowledges that approximately 3/4 of crimes occur between 3 p.m. and 3 a.m.
The commander gave his email address as firstname.lastname@example.org .
* Officers Johnson, Coleman, and Ferguson arrived at the meeting late and introduced themselves. Master Patrol Officer Johnson, who has been with MPD for 17 years, announced that they were late because one arrest was made shortly before the PSA meeting’s start.
* On Saturday, November 3 there will be an open house at 1D to emphasize the “All Hands on Deck” project, 10 am to 6 pm. Inspector Kucik and new officials will be on hand.
* 1D will not move to Virginia Avenue. The MPD is looking for another location, possibly Logan School or the old DMV building behind Murrays Steaks. A location with parking for 80-100 vehicles is needed.
* Changes on H Street NE include plans for streetcars projected to run between Union Station and Minnesota Avenue.
* Hiram Brewton, the mayor’s Ward 6 representative was in attendance and introduced himself as available to assist with Ward 6 matters.
THE MEETING ADJOURNED at 8:25 pm, and officers were available immediately afterward to answer citizen questions.