Three D.C. councilmembers, a handful of ANC 6E commissioners and two D.C. Police commanders will meet with Shaw residents discuss neighborhood crime prevention next week.
The meeting will take place at the Gibson Plaza Apartments (1301 7th Street NW) next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. In attendance will be councilmembers Phil Mendelson, Charles Allen and Anita Bonds; Department of Recreation Director Keith Anderson; First and Third District police commanders Jeff Brown and Jeffrey Carroll; and ANC 6E commissioners Marge Maceda, Alex Padro, Kevin Chapple, Frank Wiggins and Rachel Nigro.
The event is set to address issues such as the communication strategy between police districts, citizen advisory councils, D.C. agencies and Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office. Additionally, the meeting will cover how ANC commissioners and D.C. councilmembers can share crime data with other wards and neighborhood commissions, and residents will be able to offer up suggestions, air grievances and talk with local police officers.
The meeting will also walk residents through specific crime-prevention strategies such as security camera installation and what’s been implemented to keep children safe at the Kennedy Playground and at Shaw parks and schools.
“Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends of Ms. Tamara Gliss, Mr. Patrick Shaw and Mr. Matt Shlonsky,” reads a meeting flyer distributed over the Shaw listserv yesterday. “We owe it to their memories to ensure that no member [of] our community or our friends experience violence in our communities.”
Photo courtesy of Kids in the Triangle
There seems to have been a spike the last week or two in gun robberies on the streets of Dupont-Logan and even right here in Borderstan (postings here, here, here and here). What got the most attention was the fact that the R Street corridor had three robberies–all involving guns–this past week.
Robberies always spike in the summer, but it seems summer has come early this year. The truly disturbing part is the use of handguns. The MPD Web site has tips on how to guard against robbery and assault. Read them!
It bears repeating again and again and again… there are things you can do to reduce the likelihood of your car having its windows smashed and your valuables taken. I originally posted, “Car Talk: Are Your Hookups Showing?” on August 21. Please: Read it. I have even posted the text below so you don’t have to click on the link.