MPD Police CarsLocals who live near the H Street corridor are slated to have an opportunity to walk and talk with District police and government officials about safety in their neighborhood this week.

The community walk will start at 6 p.m. tomorrow at TD Burger (3rd and K streets NE) and cover parts of PSA 104, the area roughly bounded by 2nd Street NE and Florida, Maryland and Massachusetts avenues NE, police said.

The walk is set to come after three armed robberies were reported within two blocks of the H Street corridor over the weekend and a man was fatally shot on the 700 block of H Street NE on Oct. 3.

Officials do not expect to cover all of PSA 104 in one evening. But the walk will make several stops throughout the area to hear specific concerns.

For residents who cannot attend the entire walk, these stops and the walk’s expected arrival times are:

  • 6:10 p.m. at Parker and 2nd streets NE.
  • 6:15 p.m. at the Giant (3rd and H streets NE).
  • 6:20 p.m. at 5th and H streets NE.
  • 6:25 p.m. at 7th and H streets NE.
  • 6:35 p.m. at the H Street Connection strip mall (8th and H streets NE).
  • 6:40 p.m. at 8th and K streets NE.
  • 6:50 p.m. at the D.C. Office of Aging (5th and K streets NE).

Walkers also are invited to PSA 104’s monthly meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. at J.O. Wilson Elementary School (660 K St. NE).

The meeting will begin with comments on the results of the safety walk, followed by crime reports, updates on police activity and an open community discussion.

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Charles Allen(Updated at 2:10 p.m.) Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6, a Metropolitan Police Department commander and other D.C. officials are scheduled to visit Rosedale tomorrow for a discussion on public safety in and around the area.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the gymnasium of the Rosedale Community Center at 1701 Gales St. NE, according to a notice posted by ANC 6A commissioner Sondra Phillips-Gilbert yesterday on a neighborhood listserv.

In addition to Allen, Commander William Fitzgerald of MPD’s Fifth District, D.C. Office of Attorney General community outreach director Robert White and MPD’s Fifth District community outreach coordinator Fayette Vaughn-Lee are slated to speak during the discussion.

I thought it was important to pull together the city leaders and some folks that could answer some questions and also provide resources and alert the community on what to look out for,” Phillips-Gilbert said. “I think that with input from the community, the police can better know how to assist us.”

The meeting announcement came after several violent crimes in and around the Rosedale this summer, including two shootings in June and one in July.

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Police carLocals in Hill East will have the opportunity to walk with D.C. officials through their neighborhood as part of an effort by the District to help residents feel safer after recent violent crime in the area.

The walk is scheduled to start at Eastern High School (1700 East Capitol St. NE) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. It will run until 7 p.m., when police will hold a community meeting at Liberty Baptist Church (527 Kentucky Ave. SE).

ANC 6B commissioners, as well as representatives of the Metropolitan Police Department, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, Department of Behavioral Health and Department of Human Services, will participate.

The safety walk is set to come less than a month after two shootings and a stabbing in Hill East.

“Engage and get questions answered from D.C. government officials, get safety tips and facts, meet your neighbors, feel safe in your neighborhood and get your steps,” an announcement for the event says.

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RightRides (Photo via Facebook/Collective Action for Safe Spaces)(Updated at 1:55 p.m.) A program that offers women and LGBT people free, late-night rides home will operate soon in Southwest, Navy Yard and Capitol Hill.

RightRides DC will provide trips all over the city on Friday, March 27, the nonprofit Collective Action for Safe Spaces announced.

The service aimed at protecting women and LGBT people from assault and sexual harassment launched in D.C. on Halloween, with rides provided only in Northwest. The first time around, the group was able to serve 20 people. The second D.C. RightRides night was held on New Year’s Eve, when volunteer drivers gave 36 rides in Northwest and Northeast.

Now, the group will serve the whole District.

Requests for rides home (not to another bar or party) will be available from midnight to 3:30 a.m. March 27 and can be made by calling or texting 202-556-4232.

“People call a number, we pick them up and they can get a safe, free ride home,” volunteer Tamara Vatnick explained at the ANC 6D meeting Monday night.

CASS is seeking volunteer drivers, navigators and dispatchers in the neighborhood. Volunteers attend a training, must pass a background check and then set out as a driver-navigator team in vehicles donated by Zipcar. For more information, see the CASS website.

Photo via Facebook/Collective Action for Safe Spaces

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