PSA 102 Meeting
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Sherwood Recreation Center
Special thanks to ANC6C Commissioner Anne Phelps for recording minutes.
WELCOME – Outgoing PSA 102 citizen coordinator Dave Klavitter introduced Brandon Bies and Bobby Pittman as the new co-coordinators.
Bies is a Morton Place NE resident and current PSA 102 block captain. He leads the community safety walk north of H Street NE. His email address is brandon bies at hot mail dot com
Pittman is a Linden Place NE resident, serves on the Sherwood Recreation Center Advisory Council and directs the Linden Neighborhood Association. His email address is psa 102 coordinator mpd at g mail dot com.
The January meeting represents Lt. Barbara Hawkins one-year anniversary of leading PSA 102 officers.
In total, 45 officers are assigned to PSA 102: 10 on the midnight shift; 13 on day shift; and 22 on evenings.
CRIME STATS: Volunteer, Roger Mattioli said the MPD online mapping system was down for technical updates. He indicated his most recent reports indicate 29 burglaries in December--about 65% happened during the first two weeks of the month. Additional crime stats are availalbe on MPD's website.
Lt. Hawkins reported a continuing trend of muggings in which perpetrators approach a distracted pedestrian (listening to headphones, on cell phone) from behind or the side and demanding money. It's happening most frequently during the evenings, Monday through Thursday.
Other main concern is thefts from automobiles, which continue to plague Capitol Hill and the city. Place ALL valuables, stereos, GPS units out of sight.
BURGLARY ARRESTS AND RELEASES: Sgt. Richard Ehrlich is back in PSA 102 after training under a federal grant and has taught at the police academy.
Eight big (Big Eight) arrests in PSA 102 through the PSA 102 Burglary Tactical Team. Five undercover officers look for burglars in the PSA hot spots. This team captured Vasser, who has a long rap sheet for burglaries across the U.S. and Canada. Chief awarding two officers in this arrest.
Out of the eight arrests, MPD was able to close 60 burglaries, of which all but 11 ocurred in PSA 102. Some cases go back to 2006. Two new arrests may reveal others.
A separate arrest occurred outside the tac team when a fingerprint was matched to a November burglary. Approximately 20-25 fingerprint requests out for the "Big Eight" arrests, since the print processing is behind.
A Burglary 1 (B1) is a burglary that occurs in an occupied house (someone is home at the time of the burglary).
A Burglary 2 (B2) is a burglary that occurs in an unoccupied house (nobody home at the time of burglary).
Many burglars are released back into the community pending court dates, etc. Many factors go into a judge's decision to release a suspect, but burglaries, while felonies, are low on the "public threat" barometer because they are property crimes, according to Sgt. Ehrlich. Community members can band together to make community impact statements about suspects who are released pending court dates.
Community impact statements can help inform judges about the community's concerns, according to U.S. Attorney's Office representative Carolyn Crank.
CURRENT PSA 102 HOT SPOTS, according to Lt. Barbara Hawkins. Every officer has a list of these and patrols not on assignment routinely check them out.
1100 H St NE, evenings and midnight (loud Gallaudet students)
1000 6th St NE
J.O. Wilson playground
Double-parking on H St (800-1300 blocks)
1300 block of Wylie (drug activity)
600 block of 10th St NE (aggressive teens)
900 block of Kent Place
200 block of K St (drugs)
1100 block of Abbey (gambling)
400-500 block of I St (drugs)
1200 block of Linden (people lurking on vacant property)
600 block of Orleans Pl (drugs)
600 block of Pickford Pl
700 block of K St.
When drugs issues are discussed at PSA meeting, cannot disclose address because most likely undercover officers are operating, according to Lt. Hawkins.
NEW REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER now living in the 500 block of K St NE.
Released on 12/19/2007. His name is Osbey B Crider, Jr. Twenty-five registered sex offenders currently live in PSA 102. Learn more online here.
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
ADJOURNED at 8:35 p.m. Next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 12.