However, strife can occur even in the best of communities. I pledge to positively engage the individuals who are having difficulties. Additionally, I will work with community stakeholders to identify the root causes of the problem to craft a reasonable solution- counseling, mediating, or engaging city services.
My goal is to ensure that our community is a tranquil, family-friendly environment for all of its residents. To achieve this goal, I am building a public-private partnership between the community and DC government agencies. On March 28, 2020, I successfully shepherded a letter of support and received approval from the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 5A to create a Crime Safety Taskforce. This Task Force, is in part composed of like-minded citizens who want to have a safe, well-maintained community.
I am working with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Fourth District, to secure it as the first private component. I am soliciting the help of Mr. Derek Staten, Community Outreach Coordinator, and Mrs. Magdalena Acevedo, Community Prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Mr. Staten has contacts in various DC agencies, including the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). He can also provide wrap- around services for families in need. Mrs. Acevedo can provide the legal support needed to resolved various issues.
The Task Force and I agree that community policing is necessary and welcome in our community, We remember Officer Lucas as a shining example of exceptional community policing. Officer Lucas regularly patrolled the North Michigan Park community, especially the Recreation Center, McDonalds, and many other youth hangouts. His presence was a positive influence.
While I fully recognize that not every citizen or police officer has the temperament of Officer Lucas, MPD can still establish bicycle, scooter, or segway patrols in our neighborhood. In fact, the Fourth District has had 23 officers deployed by patrol by means other than scout car according to the 2019 MPD Police Oversight Hearing. I will ensure the return of community policing to our community.
In summary, this Task Force is a citizen-led public safety initiative. They will identify and obtain those DC government services needed by our residents such as community policing, violence interrupters, mental health, crisis interventions, recreation, and other assistance as needed. Now is the time to act as MPD resources are being redistributed among various DC government programs. I will fight for every dollar this community deserves.