From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.
Welcome to another of our occasional profiles of Borderstan People — interesting and sometimes even well-known people who happen to work or live in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. Today’s profile Q&A is with Nicole Lindsey, Police Service Area (PSA) 301 Lieutenant for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). PSA 301 covers the area from 14th Street NW to 18th Street NW between Q Street NW and Florida Avenue NW. (See Closer Look at PSA 301’s New Boundaries, Personnel.)
This is the sixth in our series of profiles of MPD personnel who work in Borderstan. Our first police profile was of Diane Groomes, Assistant Chief in charge of the Patrol Services and School Security Bureau. Our second profile was of Third District Commander Jacob Kishter and our third profile was of Second District Commander Michael Reese. Profiles of PSA 307 Lt. Jeffrey Carroll and PSA 308 Derek Larsen ran week.
Borderstan: First, a little bit about your personal background. Where did you grow up?
Lindsey: I spent my teen years in Washington, DC.
Borderstan: When did you join the MPD? Were you an officer at another law enforcement agency?
Lindsey: I joined the department in July 1994. This is the only department I have worked for.
Borderstan: What positions have you held in the MPD?
Lindsey: I have been in patrol for most of my career, with the exception of three years. For those years, I was an instructor at the police academy.
Borderstan: What’s the most rewarding part of your job… your years as an officer in DC?
Lindsey: Having a victim of a brutal attack tell me that it was my voice that made her fight for her life.
Borderstan: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Lindsey: Answering the emails and calls of the residents of the PSA about crimes in progress when they should call 911. The response would be quicker and may lead to more arrests.
Borderstan: What does a “typical” day entail?
Lindsey: There is no real typical day working in the PSA. Each day brings new issues, concerns, and challenges.
Borderstan: What recommendations or tips do you have for citizens to help them stay safe? What can citizens do to become more involved in MPD’s efforts?
Lindsey: The only recommendation I have and cannot stress enough is for citizens to be aware of their surroundings. Most crimes that have been occurring happen because individuals are walking around oblivious to what is going on around them.
Citizens can become more involved by the way they report crimes. We need details about the suspects, what they look like, what clothes they are wearing, etc. Citizens can also become more involved by attending the PSA meetings.