1928Re: [MPD-4D] PSA 403 Meeting
- Jun 21, 2006Oh great. So tonight's PSA 403 meeting is going to draw a crowd of
ambulance chasers, folks that just can't help but stop and look.
Lt. Brown isn't superwoman, but she seems like a good person and a
pretty darn hardworking cop. I've interacted with her more than a dozen
or so times in the two years I have been in Petworth. She runs a pretty
good PSA meeting and she came to several of my block association
meetings. (AR? Are you listening? The next few points address your
I dunno about 15 months ago or maybe a little less Kennedy Street was
designated as a hotspot. I went to those meetings and wanted to pitch
in. I asked Alicia Rucker (MPD's public outreach coordinator for 4D)
what I could do. She said start a block association.
I did just that. I made t-shirts, gave away prizes (a breakfast with
Adrian Fenty, security clubs for automobiles), provided food, the whole
shebang. Alicia came to every meeting. Lt. Brown came to half of them
and when she couldn't come she made sure an officer could. There were a
couple of meetings where Lt. Brown was there and two of her officers
just stopped by. They couldn't stay because they were working, but they
dropped in to say "Hi, I'm your local cop, feel free to talk to me
I stopped the block association not because MPD didn't want to help out
and interact with the community, but because THE COMMUNITY didn't want
to participate. I could get only one or two people to come towards the
end and it drove me nuts.
The problem isn't the cops. Bad cops will be caught and fired. It's the
people. What do you do with bad communities? I want to impose a tax on
people who don't get involved. I want a CID, community improvement
district whereby you pay extra money to supplement social services and
the only way to get an exemption from the tax is to participate in a
minimum number of community activities. I know it sounds nuts and needs
to be worked out, but I'm tired of just letting folks turn a blind eye
to the crap that is going on in their backyards. I say make that blind
eye cost them something.
I still hold the cops partly responsible, it doesn't seem like they are
able to engage the community in a manner that would make our lives and
their lives better, but then again that's the silver bullet I suspect
and it's elusive because it is hard.
Formerly of the 5th & Gallatin Block Association
(P.S. I might just start the association back up as a tribute to Lt.
From: A R <arcurlyq@...>
Sent: Wed, 21 Jun 2006 03:12:40 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [MPD-4D] PSA 403 Meeting
Is the PSA 403 meeting still scheduled for this evening at 7:00 PM
at the Emery Recreation Center?
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