Members of the Stoddert Terrace and Ft. Dupont communities were able to learn about summer programming for youth, gather information on public resources, met several new security officers, and heard about the Summer of Safety crime initiative today at a kick-off event held by the District of Columbia Housing Authority.

"This Summer of Safety Initiative is a direct result of the conversations I have been having with each DCHA community. I have been listening to our customers in town halls and in one-on-one meetings and safety has been among their top concerns,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett at the event held at Stoddert Terrace. "These additional officers and the outreach activities our police force is holding through the summer will help all of our residents have a safe and fun summer and beyond."

Garrett stressed that many of the activities that are getting started with Summer of Safety initiative will continue throughout the year and community members will be able to see more officers in their neighborhoods.

“Our customers’ safety and security is a top priority for me so the Office of Public Safety has a series of enhancements that we are installing as part of the Summer of Safety initiative,” said DCHA Police Chief Joel Maupin. “Working with our community partners, we will strive to make this summer the safest yet.”

Maupin introduced the new security officers that were hired to help increase the police force’s visible presence at DCHA communities this summer. Throughout the summer, Maupin said he also will implement targeted community policing, conduct outreach activities for the youth and seniors, and engage the community with crime prevention activities.

Some of the activities offered to the community included ex-offender expungement clinics, Do Your B.E.S.T. and former Mayor Marion Barry’s Summer Youth employment programs, CPR classes, National Night Out, Flavor-Ice Pop Up visits from DCHA police officers, and Conversations Over Pizza with officers.

Community partners invited to participate included the American Lung Association, D.C. Department of Health, D.C. Public Libraries, Whitman Walker Clinic, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, D.C. Public Schools, Metropolitan Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and more.



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