Thursday, January 12, 2006

Logan Circle Public Safety Forum

Public Safety Forum: Logan Circle - Are We Safe Enough?

Panelists:
  • Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Ed Reiskin
  • Police Chief Charles Ramsey
  • Director Michael Latessa, Office of Unified Communications (including 911 & 311 dispatch)
Moderator:
  • Andrew J. Kline, Esq.

The Logan Circle Community Association is proud to sponsor a public safety forum for all concerned citizens of Logan Circle. The intent is to discuss the issues impacting our community, and to create a meaningful dialogue of solutions and concerns between the residents, business owners, working professionals, and our city officials.

Please join us for this important discussion.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006
The Washington Plaza Hotel
7 PM

NOTE: Out of respect for our membership, no political campaigning or commercial solicitation will be permitted.

For more information on the forum, or to find out more about the LCCA, please visit our website: http://www.logancircle.org/.

13 comments:

Michael said...

I will be there. Chris - do you plan on reading Chief Ramsey his report card? ;-)

Chris K. said...

oh for goodness sake! :) see you then.

Anonymous said...

Damnit! I had Girl Scout cookies to sell. J/k.

Chris K. said...

well you can take your cookies and.... ;)

so glad everyone is so amusing today!

Anonymous said...

Today, someone rang our doorbell on 11th St. and claimed to be a contractor working a few blocks away. Wanted to leave his tool box as collateral in exchange for money to get back to Baltimore County. Claimed I'd given him directions to Shaw Metro a few weeks ago and asked if "I remembered him." He may be going door to door in the area. This happened at 1:30 pm on Sunday.

Sgt. Emerman said...

what is the location on 11th Street so that I can have officers go down there and check him out? Any type of a lookout available? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

11th between R & S. Guy is mid-thirties, white, plaid shirt, jeans, and bright white tennis shoes. I wanted to believe him, but we've been scammed in the past by people ringing the bell claiming some sort of hardship. He wasn't aggressive - but it was very odd.

Sgt. Emerman said...

I am giving the info to the officers who are coming onto the streets right now. They will try to find him. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the quick response! I just posted this for other neighbors to read - didn't realize the police see this board. Appreciate the response. I forgot to mention that the guy is about 5'11 and has short brown hair.

Sgt. Emerman said...

The officers that I am sending out there recognized the story and the lookout as an individual that they stopped in the past few weeks. Same story, needed to get back to Baltimore and would exchange tools for money. They checked him last time and he did not have any warrants, but his story is a bit fishy to say the least. They are checking for him as we speak.

Mitch said...

I just want to say how impressed I am with Sgt. Emerman and thankful I am. What he is doing reminds me of an article I read after hearing about it from Guiliani when he campaigned for mayor of New York city over a decade ago. That article, "Broken Windows: The Police and Neighborhood Safety," by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in the Atlantic Monthly (March 1982), talked about increasing neighborhood safety by having more foot-patrol officers. The theory being that officers in cars are limited in getting to know citizens because a door and window exclude the approaching citizen; they are a barrier. On the otherhand, foot-patrol officers are shaped more by the activity on the street as opposed to the cloed nature of a car (this is a simplistic run down, please read it if you can).

At any rate, I think Sgt. Emerman is employing a sort of "foot-patrol" on this blog. Despite the lack of phsyical contact, he is gaining vaulable information from user's posts to get a sense of what the concerns and problems are in the Logan community. Its a wonderful example of what New York city did to lessen crime, but using the Internet instead of sending officers on foot-patrol. Thank you, Sgt. Emerman.

Sgt. Emerman said...

Thanks for the endorsement. I am familiar with the "Broken Windows" theory, as it was a big topic during my time in college. I guess that it also helps that I was born in New York too. :-)

Anonymous said...

I am the poster from yesterday warning about the tools for money guy. Here is a blog I found on another site. Apparently, this dude has been making the rounds:

http://www.inshaw.com/blog/2005/12/whos-that-knocking-on-door.html