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In an effort to make sure District of Columbia Housing Authority customers and their neighbors have a safe and productive summer, the agency hosted an all-day event to kick off its Summer of Safety Initiative.

“My top priority is for DCHA customers to live in safe and healthy communities and to create greater economic opportunities for them. I want them to be successful in every aspect of their lives,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “That is why in 2018 I established the DCHA Summer of Safety initiative to deploy DCHA Office of Public Safety personnel to be a more visible presence in our communities during the summer months when crime generally increases. We implemented targeted community engagement efforts, such as summer programming for youth and seniors. We improved exterior lighting and provided health, safety, and criminal justice education seminars, among other community engagement and crime prevention activities. This year the initiative was expanded to include economic opportunity for residents, specifically a jobs fair and business and entrepreneurship workshops to support our customers in their interest to start businesses and secure business opportunities with DCHA.”

The day-long event on Thursday, June 13 allowed DCHA customers and their neighborhoods to receive information on summer programming and to meet their local police officers from DCHA and the Metropolitan Police Department. DCHA Police Chief Joel Maupin and his officers showcased the new security trikes that will enhance his officers community policing and targeted patrols. In addition to walking patrols, bicycle patrols, and 3T Motion patrols, these all-terrain vehicles will increase the police force’s visible presence at DCHA communities this summer. Maupin also will implement targeted community policing, conduct outreach activities for youth and seniors, and engage the community with crime prevention activities.

“Our communities have seen great success in the past year with our community policing strategies and targeted patrols,” Maupin said. “With these new trikes, our officers will be very visible, but also be able to traverse more ground quickly. Combining our efforts with MPD’s Summer Crime Initiative will help reduce violent crimes across the city.”

There were activities that ranged from a job fair, small business workshops, baseball games, and more held at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center, located at 201 N Street, S.W., and the Southwest Family Enhancement and Career Center, located at 203 N Street, S.W.

 

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