05 June, 2009

MPD Installs CCTV Camera

MPD Installs CCTV Camera at Kalorama Road and Champlain Street

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, joined by Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, announced the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has installed a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera at Kalorama Road and Champlain Street, NW.

The camera, which is among 75 neighborhood crime cameras in the District, was installed because of a number of violent crimes that have occurred in the area. The primary goal of the CCTV system is to enhance the safety and security of residents, workers and visitors in the District of Columbia, while vigorously respecting the privacy rights of individuals.

“Public safety has and continues to be a top priority for my Administration,” said Mayor Fenty. “This technology is instrumental to our work as we continue to fight crime, and make our neighborhoods safe.”

Kalorama Road and Champlain Street, a well-traveled area to and from Adams Morgan, was the location of a recent police involved shooting in which a suspect was fatally shot, and two police officers sustained gunshot wounds. The officers had been stationed in the area due to the propensity of crime.

“The CCTV cameras are an important law enforcement tool for deterring violent crime and reducing the fear of crime in neighborhoods,” said Chief Lanier. “We are using a multi-faceted approach to combat crime by increasing the number of foot patrols, targeting violent offenders, and continuing to share information with our community partners. As a result of our efforts, we are seeing an increase in citizens coming forward with information to assist us in closing cases.”

“I was delighted to work with the Mayor on facilitating the installation of the CCTV camera,” Councilmember Graham said. “It’s a solid step forward to ensuring the safety of the residents of Ward 1.”

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