Monday, January 02, 2006

Logan Circle Drug Free Zone

From Sgt. Stuart Emerman:

There will be a Drug Free Zone in PSA 307 starting 12/30/05 at 12:01 AM, and ending on 1/2/06 at 11:59 PM. The area goes from 9th to 11th Streets, and from N to P Streets NW. The declaration and rules regarding it can be found at:,a,1238,q,558820.asp

Please post this so that residents can understand what is going on. In addition, there have been 50+ red signs posted in the area advising everyone. Thanks for the help.

Sgt. Emerman

In other news, Lt. Mike Smith is on vacation for two weeks. He will return in mid-January.


John K. said...

Has a reason been stated for the declaration? What will it mean to those of us who live or travel through this area? Will we be stopped and frisked? Will we just see more police?

Anonymous said...

I'm also a little confused as to what effect this is supposed to have for a total of 3 days or so. What i'd really like to see is information on the specifics as to why it was granted.
939 O St.

Sgt. Emerman said...

I submitted a post earlier, but it does not look like it made it on. In the easiest sense of it, the drug free zone gives officers the ability to arrest suspected drug dealers for congregating and loitering in drug areas. It allows the officers to tell the peiople to move on, and if they come back, they are subject to arrest. A drug free zone is created based on drug calls to 311 and number of narcotic arrests made in that area. It is made as a request by the PSA Lt. to the chief of police. Hope that clears it up a bit. The officers made one arrest in the area and identified 14 suspected dealers/users.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Sgt. Emerman, that does make it much clearer. Glad to hear there was some success from the declaration.
939 0 St.

Anonymous said...

I found it interesting that the man suspected of selling next door to me was especially busy during this period. Does creating these temporary zones just shift the problem down the street for a bit only to have it return later?
1303 P St