Brianne Nadeau to Train Ward 1 Residents on Starting Neighborhood Watch Groups

by Tim Regan August 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm 1 Comment

Nadeau on safety walk, photo via Councilmember Brianne Nadeau will host free neighborhood watch training for residents of Ward 1 in September.

The training session will be held on Sept. 12 from at 9:30 a.m. at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (3101 16th St NW).

During the session, residents will have the chance to learn how to start and run their own neighborhood watch groups and meet with other neighbors who are interested in local safety.

“This training is for everyone in the community; long-time residents, newcomers, business leaders,” said Nadeau in a press release today. “My dream is for Ward 1 to have the best community engagement in the District, and it starts with building connections block-by-block, complementing the work of our ANCs and community association leaders, and all those who came before us.”

In the press release, Nadeau praised D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s newly reintroduced firearms tip reward program.

The councilmember also called on the MPD not to revive its use of vice squads despite the recent rise in violent crime.

“The practices employed by them, which involves officers pulling up to a location and arresting a group of people, have been retired by MPD, and have been widely criticized,” Nadeau said.

“I cannot support these proposals, and I do not think they help us achieve the long term, sustained outcome we truly want for the District. When violence and drug activity were at their worst, what made the biggest difference was residents partnering with MPD, taking back their blocks and being part of the solution,” she continued.

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