If you live near Georgia and Lamont, you have likely noticed an increase in loitering, public urination, and crime during these summer months. Well, it's time to do something about it! Tonight, July 20th from 6 to 7 pm, Councilmember Brianne Nadeau is having a public safety walk with the community and MPD. Now is your chance to have your voice heard. Meeting spot will be the old Mothership restaurant.
Thanks to Adrian Washington of Neighborhood Development Corporation, the first meeting of the Georgia and Lamont Public Safety Task Force was held. Topics included drug sales, nuisance properties, public intoxication, littering, and loitering. On hand was MPD officer Lieutenant Mark Hodge. While the police presence was appreciated, it became clear we have a long way to go to make this a partnership. Lt. Hodge reflected all responsibility to clean up the neighborhood to the citizens. He polled the crowd on who had called the police when they saw drug infractions or other crimes, and the majority of the crowd said yes. However, he stated we can't prove this is a high-crime area until we call every time we see an infraction. He stated, correctly, that loitering is not a crime in DC. He insisted that there is nothing the police can do about it. His message - have the community install cameras and constantly call the police, seemed to be his only solution. Community member requests for increased police patrolling fell on deaf ears.
After the MPD left, one idea was floated to start getting community members more involved and visible - a citizen's trash removal detail. A weekly trash pick-up would remove the litter, let people know we care about our community, and be a physical reminder to the drug dealers and loiterers that we aren't going anywhere.
COME OUT TONIGHT AT 6:00 PM IF THIS TOPIC INTEREST YOU!