PSA 102 Meeting
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
640 Tenth Street, N.E.
PSA 102 Public Safety Meeting
Sherwood Recreation Center
Tuesday 8 April 2008
Presiding: PSA102 Commander Lieutenant Barbara Hawkins
I. Problem Solving Session 6:30pm
II. Introductions 7:00pm
Review of March Minutes
Crime Report/Statistics-Roger Mattoli
III. Special Guest:
· US Capitol Police 7:30pm
· Unified Communications Office 7:50pm
· 1st District MPD Coordinator 8:10pm
IV. New Business 8:20pm
PSA 102 Meeting Minutes
WELCOME –PSA 102 citizen co-coordinator Brandon Bies brought the meeting to order at 7:06pm.
Deputy Chief Tom Reynolds and Sergeant Kim Schneider of the United States Capitol Police (USCP)
Deputy Chief Reynolds began by defining the area of patrol for USCP which comes as far north at H Street and east to 7th Street, N.E. Deputy Chief Reynolds is the commander of the Uniform Services Bureau. Chief Reynolds indicated that the USCP is responsible for the protection of the U.S. Capitol, 535 members of congress, congressional staff, protesters and demonstrators.
Buses are stopped by USCP and directed to the west side of the U.S. Capitol. USCP is working on a plan with DDOT to create a bus transportation plan where tour buses would drop tourist at designated sites and from there they would be shuttled via a “Circulator” type system to the U.S. Capitol or other locations. Sometime in November of 2008, the Capitol Visitor’s Center will open which will help alleviate the bus traffic issue. The Officers posted at the four corners of the Capitol are truck interdiction forces.
Commissioner Velesco asked how the USCP coordinate with ANC Commissioners and other lead neighborhood leaders to address traffic closures on East Capitol Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, ect. The Deputy Chief indicated that USCP is willing to take a look at how to better coordinate with the community. Want to ask U.S. Capitol Police a question, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
1100 block of H Street reported theft from auto. There has been a 67% increase in stolen auto, but overall crime is down is PSA 102. Burglaries are down 13%. Robberies are up and are centered on 10th and G Streets, N.E. There will be a new Full Stride Beat in the 900 Blocks of 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Streets, N.E. including the 1100 block of Abbey Place, N.E and the 600 Block of Orleans Place, N.E.
An Officer will be assigned to Sherwood Recreation Center, possibly Officer Winfield.
The Vice-President of the 911/311 Call Center came to explain how the system operates and what consumers should know when calling 911/311. She stated that there is a transition period right now with 911/311. All calls, complaints and everything else now come into 911. They have split days off and training is not complete including non-emergency line training. We addressed the issue of 311/911 calls. If someone dials 311 and it’s an emergency response needed from police/EMS or Fire, the call will be transferred to 911. Caller ID information will no longer show that the call came from a private phone, but from the 311 call center. This is an issue that needs to be resolved immediately. Cell phone triangulation is still not operating to the level it should.
Dispatchers request that consumers answer the questions that Dispatchers give to them, no matter how stupid the question may sound. Many of the questions are required and are a part of protocol. Dispatchers work 10 hour shifts with 1and 15 minute breaks. The communications workers are no longer have accreditation. All Call Centers have been combined with no formal training.
Residents are concerned that when they call 911 or 311 that the calls are responded to in a reasonable and professional manner. Regardless to how many calls are in the system there has to be a way to address the calls of the individuals on the line.
Take note – Robbery is increasing on H Street
NEW TIPS TELEPHONE NUMBERS:
Gun Tip Line: 1-800-486-8477 (GUNTIPS)
Crime Solvers: 1-800-673-2777 (DC-MD-VA)
Tourist Line: 1-877-968-9282
In process of getting gang tip line.
BREAK OUT SESSION – residents meet with MPD officers