The community safety meeting held on Wednesday was a great success.
- Jack Evans – DC Coucilmember, Ward 2
- Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B-04
- Charles Reed, ANC 2F-01
- Victor Wexler, ANC 2B-05
- Asst. Chief Diane Groomes, Metropolitan Police Department
- Lt. Erich Miller, Metropolitan Police Department, Second District
- Inspector Edward Delgado, Metropolitan Police Department, Third District
- Several police officers from both the Second and Third Districts
- More than 70 community members
Mr. Evans, Asst. Chief Groomes, Jack Jacobson, and Charles Reed offered the opening remarks for the meeting, and Julie Pock, gave a brief background regarding the inception of Borderstan.
Asst. Chief Groomes discussed her personal history with our neighborhood. She had worked here as a Lieutenant here and spent a lot of time working with the community to clean up the area of drug traffickers and other criminals.Asst. Chief Groomes is aware of the challenges faced in Borderstan and knows that they can be overcome with the joint efforts of the community and MPD.
Lt. Miller patrols the 2nd MPD. He discussed his strong commitment to the Borderstan area.He mentioned that the second police district currently has 3 officers dedicated to patrol Borderstan, and that there is a proposed addition of 2 more officers to come.Lt. Miller indicated that he has asked to foot patrol officers responsible for the 17th Street corridor to expand this patrol to include 16th Street.Lt. Miller also discussed the creation of regular weekly meetings between Police Service Areas 208 and 307 for the purposes of exchanging information regarding activities and operations in the area.
Inspector Delgado, of the 3rd MPD indicated that there is ongoing undercover police activity, as well as the involvement of the Crime Suppression Unit, currently in place focusing on the drug activity around the 1400 block of R Street.
Both the Second and Third District police representatives indicated that they have used light towers in our area to successfully deter crime.
The floor was opened up to questions and concerns from the community. The majority of the discussion<span revolved around the many issues facing the community – drug activity, thefts from automobiles, robberies, homeless issues such as public sleeping, urination, and drug use, and illegal parking.
Following the question from the community, a list of goals for the Borderstan Community was read , and it was requested that specific actions to be taken and commitments be made regarding these issues.
Council member Evans proposed a follow-up meeting in 2 months to provide accountability and feedback.