All residents of 4B02 (map here
) and students from DCI and Coolidge are strongly encouraged to attend:
WHAT: Community meeting focusing on a) safety for children walking to school and b) general safety issues in 4B02
DATE: Tuesday, April 24th 6:30-8:00
CONFIRMED ATTENDEES: Cmbr Brandon Todd, reps from MPD and DDOT
WHY A MEETING? WHY NOW? WHAT ARE WE DISCUSSING?
Agenda ITEM #1: Walk to school safety…and a check in with everyone about student safety in our neighborhood
Coolidge Students have long trekked from the Metro to school. This year, they’ve been joined by DCI students who now flow through 4B02 every AM and PM. DCI is growing, and with it’s extensive remodelling Coolidge will grow as well.
In February, a DCI student was mugged and many community members spoke up loud and clear both on the listserv and privately to me about the need for safe school commuting.
This made me stop and think about no only safe walking to school but what a change this new influx of students has been for 4B02. So i’m having this meeting to check in with you, my constituents: how has having many more students passing through the neighborhood been for you? and do you think everything is safe as it can be for them?
More specifically, have you had/seen any problems? Do you see things that are not safe? If you’ve noticed any problem spots for children or the community, now is the time to show up and talk about it.
Also, I invited DDOT because I’ve heard a comment or two about traffic signals not allowing safe passage. Which leads me to question: have you seen problems at intersections with students in 4B? Is all DDOT infrastructure working…like all the push buttons? Is there car traffic that conflicts with students movements? Is there any need for more stop signs or crossing guards anywhere in 4B02? Etc, etc.
Parents of Coolidge and DCI, who walk to school: please bring your children to this meeting. It’s important to hear their experience first hand.
This is meant to be a proactive forum to avoid problems. Come and share whats good and not so good.
Agenda ITEM #2: Neighborhood safety in general: how to work with the police to keep each other safe
As a Commissioner, I attend many meetings including the MPD monthly/quarterly meetings where I tell the things I know are happening, they tell me what they are monitoring and/or resolutions to crimes. It’s been eye opening to me how the police actually fight crime. This is not going to be a meeting where the police drone out statistics. I’m going to ask them specific questions about how they do their work so you can hear what I hear. It’ll be a learning experience for you too, I guarantee it. Here’s some questions I will ask:
* Why do police want you to report everything and how should you do it
* How the police deploy resources and why more patrols is not the right answer many times
* What are the trends MPD sees with crimes in 4B and how they address them
* How does the MPD find criminals?
* How does the police coordinate with Takoma Park police to solve crimes?
* What locations MPD considers hot spots in 4B02
* What resources do the police have when it comes to juveniles smoking marajuana prior to school…what they can and cannot do, and do and don’t want to do
Got questions and can’t make the meeting? Please share them here on the listserv and I’ll ask them for you.
There have been so many reports of things lately I do hope that many people can make this meeting and hear what MPD has to say. Especially if you are new to the neighborhood and have never heard MPD talk about their work. I’ve found it facinating. The more everyone knows, the safer we can all keep each other.
Lastly, while this meeting is specifically for 4B02, all are welcome. We cannot have enough dialogue about safety.
Hope to see you at the meeting!
Commissioner Tanya Topolewski 4B02
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for 4B02
Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred)