The news that MPD’s 3rd District was getting a new commander might have received more coverage had it not been for the weekend snowstorm and the ensuing Great Snowball Fight of 14th and U. (New Columbia Heights had a good posting on the 3D changes last week.)
On Sunday, 3D Inspector Jacob Kishter took over as commander of the 3rd District, replacing George Kucik, who was moved to a “future assignment” at the Forensic Sciences Services Division.
As Inspector, Kishter essentially held the number two spot at 3D and was in charge of the Substation in Columbia Heights. Inspector Angel Medina is now commander of the 3D Substation.
Diverse, Small in Area
The 3D is the smallest of the city’s seven police districts in area, but the most densely populated. It has seven Police Service Areas (PSAs) and includes a big chunk of Borderstan with 307 (Logan Circle) and 305 (U Street and Howard University). Other PSAs are 303 (Adams Morgan), 301 (Mount Pleasant), 304 (Columbia Heights), 302 (Columbia Heights-Park View) and 308 (Shaw). In addition, PSA 208 (Dupont Circle) used to be called 306 and was part of 3D.
The 3D includes all of Ward 1 (Jim Graham) and a chunk of Ward 2 (Jack Evans) with PSAs 307 and 308. It includes many of the city’s wealthy and hipster-gentrified areas, with expensive new condo buildings and a huge amount of new commercial development. It also has public housing projects and pockets of poverty. The district is racially diverse and has new residents interspersed with long-time Washingtonians.
In addition, the Logan Circle, U Street, 14th Street and Adams Morgan areas are home to numerous clubs and restaurants that attract people from other neighborhoods and the suburbs.
Crime Stats for 3D
For the year to date (Jan. 1-Dec. 21), the crime stats for 3D show that total crime (violent and property crime) is down 3.5% from last year and the year before. Violent crime is down 13% in two years, while property crime is down less than 1% in two years.
Following a pattern we have seen all year, certain types of crimes are actually up when compared to 2008 or 2007. For example, the number of gun crimes is down 8% from two years ago, but is actually up 12% from last year.
While the number of robberies has decreased due to fewer robberies without a gun this year, the number of robberies with a gun has increased 16% from last year–from 233 to 271.
When it comes to property crimes, the number of burglaries and stolen autos has declined substantially in two years. However, the number of thefts has risen dramatically as has the number of thefts from autos since 2007.
Detailed crime stats and a message from Kishter are below.
3rd District Total Crime, Jan. 1-Dec. 21
- 2009: 6,018; down 3.5% from 2008.
- 2008: 6,236; unchanged from 2007.
- 2007: 6,240
3rd District Violent Crime, Jan. 1-Dec. 21
- Total Violent Crime (all categories) – 1,298 in 2009, 1,428 in 2008 and 1,496 in 2007. Down 13% in 2 years.
- Homicides – 17 in 2009, 22 in 2008 and 18 in 2007. Down 6% in 2 years.
- Sex Abuse – 43 in 2009, 67 in 2008 and 60 in 2007. Down 28% in 2 years.
- Robberies (with and without gun) – 884 in 2009, 946 in 2008 and 934 in 2007. Down 5% in 2 years. But,the number of robberies with a gun has increased 16% since last year, from 233 in 2008 to 271 in 2009, exactly at the 2007 number.
- Assaults (with gun or other deadly weapon) – 354 in 2009, 393 in 2008 and 484 in 2007. Down 27% in 2 years.
- Gun crimes (robberies and assaults with a gun) – 348 in 2009, 312 in 2008 and 378 in 2007. Down 8% in 2 years, but up 12% from last year.
3rd District Property Crime, Jan. 1-Dec. 21
- Total Property Crime (all categories) – 4,720 in 2009, 4,808 in 2008 and 4,744 in 2007. Down less than 1% in 2 years.
- Burglary – 455 in 2009, 559 in 2008 and 776 in 2007. Down 28% in 2 years.
- Theft – 1,558 in 2009, 1,359 in 2008 and 1,328 in 2007. Up 17% in 2 years.
- Theft from Auto – 2,141 in 2009, 2,167 in 2008 and 1,850 in 2007. Down 1% since last year, but up 16% in 2 years.
- Stolen Auto – 561 in 2009, 719 in 2008 and 787 in 2007. Down 29% in 2 years.
- Arson – 5 in 2009, 4 in 2008 and 3 in 2007. Up 67% in 2 years.
Kishter posted the following message on local listservs late last week:
Beginning Sunday, December 20, 2009, I will assume command of the Third Patrol District. Inspector Angel Medina will assume command of the Third District Substation.
Inspector Medina has nearly 25 years of police experience and has held numerous key positions within the police department. I am excited very excited about the opportunity to work with to him.
I also want recognize Commander George Kucik’s service to the Third District and the citizens of the District of Columbia. During my tenure under his leadership, he has helped me grow as a person and as a leader and he will be sorely missed. I wish him all the best in his future assignment at the Forensic Sciences Services Division.
Over the past eight months as the substation inspector, I have worked very closely with many of you as we have made good progress in many areas. There is still a lot of work to do and I look forward to our continued partnerships and successes!