Julie of Borderstan attended the PSA 208 community meeting on Tuesday night (her meeting wrap-up is here). She also reports on the new DC Police Alert System, which sounds very interesting and helpful. Here is her summary of the new system.
- DC Police Alert is a new service that enables the Metropolitan Police Department to notify businesses and residents quickly about crimes that may require community action. With DC Police Alert, the MPD can send emergency alerts, notification and updates to your cell phone, pager, BlackBerry, PDA and/or e-mail account.
- All you have to do is sign up at http://72hours.dc.gov. The system will identify your geographical area based on the information you provide, and forward alerts that are appropriate to you. When you go to the site, click on the “Alert DC” logo to sign up for this service.
- This program will initially notify those who sign up regarding violent crimes, or crimes that have “actionable reports,” which is to say crimes that have been reported with very specific descriptions of the suspects.
- If you have actionable information regarding a crime, call 911. Do not take action on your own.
- If you choose to have the service contact your cell phone, BlackBerry or PDA, standard text messaging rates will apply.
The Police Service Area (PSA) 208 held its monthly meeting Tuesday last night, October 21, at the 3rd District headquarters on V Street NW. The meeting was led by Sgt. John MacDonald, PSA 208. Below is a quick summary of the major topics of discussion.
- Lt. Roland Hoyle, PSA 208
- Officer Stephen Fletcher, PSA 208 Community Outreach Officer; E-mail to [email protected]
- Rob Halligan, community safety activist
- Sol Levine, Neighborhood Network 208 Administrator
- Phil Conradt, Senior Engagement Manager, Roam Secure (DC Police Alert system)
- Community members
- Overall crime in PSA 208 was down 9% from the same month last year.
- Overall violent crime in PSA 208 was down 24% from the same moth last year.
- 21 of 39 Robberies in MPD’s Second District took place in PSA 208; 10 of those were in Borderstan.
- Robbery Excluding Gun in PSA 208; 8 took place in Borderstan.
- Robbery with Gun in PSA 208; 2 took place in Borderstan.
Community Outreach Officer
A newly created position, Community Outreach Officer, has been filled by Officer Steven Fletcher. Prior to his police career, he worked in the communication field for a bank. Fletcher is available to answer questions and provide community safety training and education.
The annual High Heel Race this Tuesday, October 28, on 17th Street NW, will have 22 extra officers detailed to help with crowd control.