Mayor Bowser paid our neighborhood a surprise visit during her community time on Wednesday afternoon. ANC Commissioners Sydelle Moore (5D05) and Bernice Blacknell (5D04) along with LCA vice-president Juanita Diggs gave the mayor a tour of our neighborhood and spoke with her for over an hour about the new strategies we've deployed to fight crime. As you know, for the first time in more than a decade our community has made it through the first quarter of the year without a murder due to a new, comprehensive approach to addressing the root causes of violent crime. Comm. Moore spent a lot of time speaking to agency directors about our progress and was happy to receive a promise of continued support from the mayor.
The group also discussed the challenges that we still face and the need for continued support and consistency with Mayor Bowser and Patrol Chief Lamar Greene. In addition to the need for ongoing anti-violence support, we also discussed graffiti, illegal dumping, illegal parking, vacant/nuisance property management and other long-neglected issues in our area.
As a note to the community, your increased 311 complaints over the past few months have helped make this type of advocacy a lot easier and Comm. Moore is asking every neighbor to speak up when they see issues. Langston has a track record of under-reporting issues to 311 as compared to other neighborhoods across the city. The more we report, the more agencies are aware of our issues and can request adequate funding to address them. You can call, email or even tweet @311DCgov using your smartphone as you walk around the community. Filing even one 311 complaint per week is an easy way for every neighbor to show that we take pride in our homes.
Press Conference: Litter Prevention Campaign
Comm. Sydelle Moore represented ANC 5D as Mayor Bowser officially announced that Carver, Langston, Kingman Park and Trinidad will all receive additional anti-crime resources this summer. Within hours of taking office in January 2019, ANC 5D petitioned the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety to include the hardest hit communities in our area with additional resources to combat crime. This is the first time in the history of ANC 5D that all commissioners have unanimously supported the Summer Crime Initiative.
Not only does the Summer Crime Prevention Initiative (SCI) bring additional police resources to communities struggling with violent crime, but mental health, addiction, job outreach and other wrap-around services. Comm. Moore met with violence interrupters, religious leaders, MPD and healthcare providers to encourage collaboration and discuss strategies for best utilizing these additional resources after the announcement. Since the new ANC 5D commission was seated in January, the Carver and Langston communities have not had any murders. Thanks to the new, collaborative approach of ANC 5D commissioners, this is the first time our community has made it through the first quarter of the year without a homicide in more than a decade. While the city overall has seen an uptick in homicides, our community continues to see an astonishing decrease in not only homicides, but violent as well as property crimes.
Below you can view the mayor's full press conference as well as a map of the area to be included in this summer's initiative.
2019 SCI Map
Violent Crime Continues Sharp Decline