Meet your local MPD PSA 407 officers this Saturday, May 19th

Meet your local MPD PSA 407 officers this Saturday, May 19th

How well do you know the officers who patrol the Petworth area? Now you have an opportunity to get to know two of the leaders of Police Service Area 407 on Saturday, May 19th from 9-11am at Slim's Diner (4201 Georgia Ave NW) at a new series called MPD on the Patio.

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Helen Mitchell passes at 90, long history serving DC and Ward 4

Helen Mitchell passes at 90, long history serving DC and Ward 4

Helen Mitchell, who has a long history of service to DC and Ward 4, passed away this week at the very respectable age of 90. She was the grandmother of PSA 407 Lieutenant Anthony Washington.  

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A shooting on Varnum & 8th Sunday night leaves no injuries but many questions

A shooting on Varnum & 8th Sunday night leaves no injuries but many questions

Readers reported hearing the sound of gunshots on Sunday evening, April 1st, around 8th and Varnum (also reported at Webster and Illinois Avenue, but this was the same incident... sound just carries).

It's a wacky story.

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MPD's Fourth District to get new commander, Manlapaz promoted to Assistant Chief

MPD's Fourth District to get new commander, Manlapaz promoted to Assistant Chief

MPD's Chief of Police Peter Newsham sent out an email this afternoon informing residents that Fourth District Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz has been promoted to Assistant Chief. Manlapaz will take on the role of running MPD's Internal Affairs Bureau. 

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How to take an active role in your child's school safety

How to take an active role in your child's school safety

Since the tragedy of Sandy Hook, parents like me are finding themselves in a whole new world of anxiety. Dropping children off at school is not a guarantee of their safety, and it can make families feel helpless during the hours that their children spend at school.

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Qualia staff assaulted by spitting suspect

Qualia staff assaulted by spitting suspect

File under the "Seriously, what?" category. A man who reportedly has a reputation of being a bad customer at various establishments in DC took his most recent belligerence to a new level by assaulting employees of Qualia Coffee on Monday, January 22nd.

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Updates to MPD leadership in PSAs 401 - 409

Updates to MPD leadership in PSAs 401 - 409

Here is a current list of leadership (as of Jan 15, 2018) of the Metropolitan Police Department in the Fourth District for Police Service Areas 401 - 409. 

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7th armed robbery possibly connected to recent spree

7th armed robbery possibly connected to recent spree

A seventh armed robbery, this one involving a handgun, took place at El Don Restaurant (4401 14th St NW) in Petworth on the evening of January 12th. Police are treating this robbery, which occurred at 11:30pm Friday night, as connected to the prior crimes, said MPD Captain Brian Bray

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Crime spree? String of armed robberies leaves one in the hospital

Crime spree? String of armed robberies leaves one in the hospital

A string of six armed robberies over the last two days – four of them taking place in or near Petworth - have left one man in the hospital and at least seven victims lighter in the pockets. Three of the robberies took place Thursday morning and three took place early this morning. One of the robberies reportedly took place at knife point, and two of the robberies took place at gunpoint. MPD says it is investigating to determine whether the robberies are related.

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MPD sends out notice on safer interactions between dogs and officers

MPD sends out notice on safer interactions between dogs and officers

According to the Department of Justice, there are approximately 25 dogs shot every day by police officers around the country. That's 10,000 dogs annually. A simple Google search will bring up a plethora of articles about police / pet interactions, with most being sad stories that end with needing a better way to educate police on how to deal with dogs. A dog running at you may be excited to see you, not aggressive; however, the personal safety of an officer is important, and an unknown dog can seem very threatening, no matter the behavior. 

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Crossing guard hit by car at Farragut & Georgia, driver flees scene

Crossing guard hit by car at Farragut & Georgia, driver flees scene

A crossing guard, Jawan Thompson, was the victim of a hit and run collision on Wednesday, December 20th, and was left with a fractured neck and broken pelvis. There is a GoFundMe campaign to assist Ms. Thompson with her medical bills and recuperation if you are able to help.

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Quick notes from PSA 407 meeting

Quick notes from PSA 407 meeting

MPD Lt. Anthony Washington, who manages the Police Service Area 407, held a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, December 21st to discuss crime and other issues in the Petworth area. (PSA 407 covers most of central Petworth). Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd and his staff were in attendance, along with a large contingent of residents.

Here's an overview of the meeting.

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