From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) made ten prostitution-related arrests in Police Service Area (PSA) 307 Friday morning. According to a post on the MPD Third District listserv by Lt. Jeffery Carroll, the Third District Crime Suppression Team led the crackdown.
An email from Lt. Carroll indicated that most of the arrests occurred at and around the intersection of 12th and M Streets NW — south of Logan Circle and east of Thomas Circle NW. He declined to give specifics of the operation at the risk of jeopardizing future operations. PSA 307 uniformed officers will continue to give this area extra police attention. PSA 307 includes the Logan Circle neighborhood (see accompanying map). You can get more information about PSA 307 from the DC Citizen Atlas.
At the end of May, the Associated Press asked Third District Commander Jacob Kishter to designate the area near their Washington, DC bureau as a prostitution free zone. The bureau is located in the 1100 block of 13th Street NW, only a few blocks from the intersection of 12th Street NW and M Street NW.
Kishter replied that MPD is currently not using prostitution-free zones, because questions have arisen about their constitutionality. He noted that the area around the bureau would receive additional undercover patrols.
Residents who have lived in the Logan Circle area for more than 10 or 15 years will remember that prostitution has historically plagued the Circle and surrounding blocks.