There have been too many notable crimes nearby in recent weeks. As the police work through their investigations of these incidents, I want to alert you to two additional opportunities to meet with MPD leadership and an opportunity to meet with our new Ward Six Councilmember (and ANC6A resident) Charles Allen.
First, on Wednesday, February 4, at 9 am at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St NE) there will be a meeting for H Street merchants and the community on a variety of topics. A flyer with some additional detail is attached.
Second, ANC6A will host Councilmember Charles Allen as our featured guest for the first 30 minutes of our February 12 meeting. ANC6A meets second Thursday of each month, 7 pm, at Miner Elementary (601 15th St NE). MPD PSA 107 and 108 Lts. Dykes and Fowler will attend our February 12 meeting as PSA 104 Lt. Cullen did last month.
Finally, ANC6A will host MPD First District Commander Jeff Brown at our monthly meeting on Thursday, March 12 and we'll spend the first 30 minutes discussing crime prevention and solving strategies with him.
Each of our PSAs (Police Service Areas) also hold monthly meetings with the public. You can find out what PSA you live in on MPD's First District website and find the dates and locations for the monthly PSA meetings on the community calendar page of the ANC6A website. I encourage you to sign up for the First District community email discussion group listserve (email to mpd-1d-subscribe@yahoogroups.
I hope you will consider joining us for one of these upcoming meetings.
Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A
H Street Merchant Meeting
February 4, 2015
Atlas Theatre 1333 H Street, NE, 9:00AM
· Introduction of the Merchants- Merchants introduce themselves and the businesses they represent
· Policing the Corridor- A discussion of police tactics and strategies; feedback from merchants- what works and what isn’t working.
· Security Measures- Is there a need for more surveillance cameras on H Street and in the alleys?
· Parking – Loading zones, large trucks on neighborhood streets are shearing off side view mirrors of parked cars, SUV’s etc. Representative from DCDOT
· Seeking Help of the Merchants- To assist the MPD to implement a pilot program of crime prevention through economic development- hiring neighborhood youth for part-time jobs, sponsoring tutoring, contracting with neighborhood youth businesses to perform services for merchants such as window washing, janitorial, landscaping, etc. Phil Johnson-SSTLLC-Neighborhood Resident
· Merchant Organization -Why it is critical for the merchants to become formally organized-
Communication with the merchants will be more efficient through and organizational structure rather than on an individual basis.
· Local Neighbors -It is important that the merchants establish an ongoing relationship with the neighborhood and get involved, support certain efforts with youth to help prevent crime.
As issues manifest themselves there will be a mechanism to address the issues with the MPD or other city agencies as an organization rather than seeking individual solutions.
All are Welcome to this open discussion, please attend.