1942Re: PSA 403 Meeting
- Jun 21, 2006Dear Mr. Whiddon,
Thank you for clarifying who should and should not attend public PSA
meetings. I further appreciate you letting us know what we can and
cannot discuss. Lastly, I find it stunning that no one was interested
in attending your block association meetings.
--- In MPD-4D@yahoogroups.com, robwhddn@... wrote:
> Mr. White is wrong. If the general level of crime and MPD's response to
> it in our community hasn't prompted you to attend PSA 403s meetings in
> the past, you have no business coming out tonight.
> The subject will not, nor should it be, the Lt. Brown saga.
> Robert Whiddon
> -----Original Message-----
> From: jaymewhite <jaymewhite@...>
> To: MPD-4D@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Wed, 21 Jun 2006 15:50:41 -0000
> Subject: [MPD-4D] Re: PSA 403 Meeting
> It seems entirely appropriate for residents to attend tonight's
> meeting to inquire about the recent news reports that suggest serious
> personnel problems at 4D. These could be, after all, problems which
> impact the police department's ability to enforce the law and protect
> Just as it's our responsibility to tackle issues in our communities --
> from trash on the sidewalks to corner drug dealing -- it's also our
> responsibility to be involved in the way in which governance
> (including law enforcement) is conducted.
> --- In MPD-4D@yahoogroups.com, robwhddn@ wrote:
> > Oh 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
> > or so times in the two years I have been in Petworth. She runs a
> > good PSA meeting and she came to several of my block association
> > meetings. (AR? Are you listening? The next few points address your
> > recent postings?)
> > I dunno about 15 months ago or maybe a little less Kennedy Street
> > designated as a hotspot. I went to those meetings and wanted to
> > 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
> > shebang. Alicia came to every meeting. Lt. Brown came to half of
> > 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
> > dropped in to say "Hi, I'm your local cop, feel free to talk to me
> > whenever."
> > I stopped the block association not because MPD didn't want to help
> > and interact with the community, but because THE COMMUNITY didn't
> > to participate. I could get only one or two people to come towards
> > end and it drove me nuts.
> > The problem isn't the cops. Bad cops will be caught and fired. It's
> > people. What do you do with bad communities? I want to impose a tax
> > people who don't get involved. I want a CID, community improvement
> > district whereby you pay extra money to supplement social services
> > 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
> > to be worked out, but I'm tired of just letting folks turn a blind
> > to the crap that is going on in their backyards. I say make that
> > eye cost them something.
> > I still hold the cops partly responsible, it doesn't seem like they
> > able to engage the community in a manner that would make our lives
> > their lives better, but then again that's the silver bullet I
> > and it's elusive because it is hard.
> > Cordially,
> > Robert Whiddon
> > Formerly of the 5th & Gallatin Block Association
> > (P.S. I might just start the association back up as a tribute to Lt.
> > Brown.)
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: A R <arcurlyq@>
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Cc: daniel.aurigemma@
> > 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?
> > Thanks,
> > AR
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