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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From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.
The Metropolitan Police Department is hosting a neighborhood watch training on Thursday, April 18.
The event, which will be held from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Third District Station at 1620 V Street NW, will be led by Samantha Nolan. She is an at-large member of MPD’s Citizens Advisory Council and serves as the citywide neighborhood watch trainer.
The training is focused on reducing opportunities for criminals to help prevent crime and reduce the chances of becoming a crime victim.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Samantha Nolan at nolantutor[AT]yahoo.com. There is no cost to attend the training.