the beginning of
our May meeting, the Association’s membership elected our 2013-14
officers: President Jonathan Lawlor; First Vice President Samantha
Nolan; Second Vice President Barbara Elkus; Treasurer Joan Linderman;
and Secretary Debbie Parker. In addition, Nancy Taylor was elected as
the At-Large Nominating Committee Member.
election, we proceeded with our annual public safety meeting, which
discussion of an array of public safety issues. The CCCA’s Director
of Neighborhood Watch, Samantha Nolan, and Public Safety Committee
Chair, George Corey, introduced themselves and their roles in the
community, announced the speakers, and moderated the discussion.
Police Department’s Ronald Reid discussed adult sexual crimes
prevention. In particular, he explained that 70% of sexual assaults
occur between people who already know each other. While, as Sgt. Reid
assaults in our Police Service Area 201 are rare, such crimes are
more prevalent in areas that neighborhood residents may frequent,
such as nightlife areas downtown.
Sgt. Reid described
MPD’s recent campaign to bars and restaurants to have waiters and
bartenders watch out for intoxicated individuals who may be being
targeted for sexual assault (or, as later mentioned by Second
District Commander Michael Reese, targeted for a mugging). As part of
the campaign, posters are being put up in bars advising individuals
to keep watch over their own drinks, as foreign substances ranging
from the “date rape” drug to an easily obtained sleeping pill
could be added. Basically, if you lose sight of your drink, buy
Commander Reese and
Captain Jeffrey Herold addressed combating crime in our Police
Service Area 201, especially thefts from automobiles and burglaries,
which have recently been particular causes for concern. In response,
police presence has been increased. Residents were advised that to
help deter these crimes they should keep their doors and windows of
their cars and homes locked and to keep valuables out of view.
Chevy Chase Village,
MD Police Chief John Fitzgerald discussed cross-jurisdictional
cooperation, including several success stories with MPD's Second
PSA 201 Officer
William Parr explained the operation of the newly installed HAWK
(High-Intensity Activated crossWalK) signal, at Connecticut Avenue
and Northampton Street, NW. A HAWK signal is a signal-beacon designed
to help pedestrians safely cross busy streets. For information about
the HAWK signal, CLICK
Finally, PSA 201 Sgt.
Sharion Garner was in attendance and available for questions
before and after the meeting. Unfortunately, PSA 201 Lt. Antonio
Charland had a work conflict and could not attend.