Regular Foot Beats on 10th? Waste Not!
- Erin, with respect, there simply aren't enough cops in the city to be
allocating foot beats on the basis of the whim of any particular
residential squeaky wheel.
Sure, we'd like to have a cop walking our mostly residential block, too.
Who wouldn't? But I have to recognize that this city has too few police
officers, and they best be allocated where they can deter the greatest
amount of crime and apprehend the greatest number of criminal
perpetrators. Assigning a *REGULAR* foot beat to my residential block
(or yours) would be a huge waste of scarce MPD resources.
I'd rather the city and MPD heed my Grandma's advice... *Waste not!*
Patrol cars, scooters, bike patrols and residents' proactive
involvement/ regular communications with officers and MPD PSA LTs,
together, form a much better solution to crime prevention.
Whatever the mobility level available, certainly, police officers can
and should be assigned to beef up violent crime hot spots (i.e., those
with crime incidence spikes) until the source(s) is determined and the
perpetrator(s) are apprehended. (My guess is, that's pretty much S.O.P.
at MPD, as it is in most urban PDs.)
Let's keep in mind, however, that it is the VISIBILITY of police
officers that provides a deterrent effect to potential criminal
perpetrators. That's a function of the NUMBER of POLICE available, AND
the actual NUMBER of CRIMINAL EYEBALLS that see them. And that, in turn
is a function of an officer's (or police pairs') MOBILITY level.
Regular foot beats should only be assigned (and then, only during times
needed) to areas of the highest pedestrian density with the highest
potential for criminal activity. That's usually going to be a retail
commercial area, crowds around a high density Metro (although WMATA has
some responsibility/ jurisdiction there, too), a civic center with
regular sporting events, concerts, pedestrian tourist areas, etc., etc.
on Newton/ 502
BTW, Erin, it's only an anecdotal observation, but I drive southbound on
10th pretty regularly, and have seen patrol cars S. of Franklin-- I'd
guess, no less than other blocks, anyway.
--- In MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com, Erin Heramb <erheramb@...> wrote:
how can the block obtain appropriate police support? Where is the foot
beat this block has been promised for several years? ... a more obvious
type of watchfulness i.e. police presence would help so... much.
> This area (2500-2700 block of 10th) has long been neglected from the
police. It seems that it borders on being really unsafe but not unsafe
enough for the amount of attention and commitment it needs from the