Public safety is always a high priority community issue but it has become even more critical over the last year with the murders of our neighbors, Seth Rich and Tricia McCauley, and the spike in armed robberies over the summer. I would encourage neighbors to dial into the Mayor's Community Conversation on Public Safety this Saturday at 1pm. You can register for the call and you will receive a call when the discussion begins. I believe there is an option to view the conversation on tv (Channel 16) or via streaming (Facebook) but I have not received confirmation. Please see the Mayor's note below for more details regarding the call and a related survey.
A couple weeks ago I participated in one of three small group discussions that will be summarized in a report to the Mayor to inform her selection of our next police chief. I believe part of this Community Conversation will relate to the selection of a police chief but the language in the Mayor's press release certainly suggests the discussion will cover a broader range of public safety issues. I will be participating in the conversation in person. I am not certain of the format of the conversation but I believe my role will be as a panelist in the discussion. Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions of the Mayor and/or panelists. Lets make our voices heard tomorrow!
Teri Janine Quinn
President, Bloomingdale Civic Association
January 26, 2017 | Vol. 3, Issue 4
Letter from the Mayor
In November, I hosted a Community Conversations call to hear from residents about your anxieties and fears after Election Day. This Saturday, I will host another call - this time to hear your thoughts on public safety in Washington, DC.
We ended 2016 on a strong note, with a 10 percent decrease in all violent crime citywide. We saw a 17 percent reduction in homicides and a 13 percent reduction in robberies. In 2017, we are not letting our foot off the gas - we will continue to make our streets safer and our neighborhoods stronger. We will continue to work with our partners, both in DC and in the federal government, to improve all aspects of our criminal justice system. At the start of the year, the Metropolitan Police Department transitioned to sector policing - an innovative patrol strategy that will create greater accountability and performance across the entire department. And just this week, we launched a public safety survey.
Through the Community Conversations call and the public safety survey, my Administration will be able to hear directly from Washingtonians about their interactions with law enforcement in DC and how we can better serve residents in all eight wards.
Take the public safety survey HERE. Then, register for Saturday's Community Conversations call HERE.
In This Week's Newsletter:
• Watch Mayor Bowser's Remarks at the Women's March on Washington
• Apply for the Summer Youth Employment Program
• Join Us: DC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade
• A District Minute
• Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Public Works, Sanitation Supervisor
Watch Mayor Bowser's Remarks at the Women's March on Washington
On Saturday, Mayor Bowser spoke to the hundreds of thousands of men and women who came to Washington, DC for the Women's March on Washington.
Watch the Mayor's remarks HERE.
Apply for the Summer Youth Employment Program
On Friday, January 27, at 12:00 p.m., online applications for the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) will go live at summerjobs.dc.gov. Applications will be available for youth who want to apply for a position as well as employers who want to get involved with MBSYEP.
MBSYEP is a locally-funded initiative that provides District youth ages 14 to 24 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and public sectors. In 2015, Mayor Bowser expanded the program so that District residents ages 22-24 can participate in MBSYEP and gain meaningful work experience. Due to the overwhelming demand for opportunity, Mayor Bowser has asked the Council to make the expansion permanent.
This year, MBSYEP will begin on Monday, June 26, 2017 and end on Friday, August 4, 2017.
Join Us: DC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade
On Sunday, celebrate the Year of the Rooster with Mayor Bowser at the DC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade! The event will feature traditional lion and dragon dances, marching bands, Kung Fu demonstrations, Chinese-American beauty pageant winners, and an exciting firecracker finale!
RSVP for the parade HERE.
A District Minute
This week's District Minute features stories about the swearing in of outside law enforcement officers for the 58th Presidential Inauguration, the MLK Day Peace Walk and Parade, and the Women's March on Washington.
Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Public Works, Sanitation Supervisor
The Department of Public Works (DPW) works to keep Washington, DC's streets and public spaces clean, safe, attractive and accessible.
DPW has an opening for a Sanitation Supervisor. This position is responsible for supervising crews of Sanitation Workers and Motor Vehicle Operators. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.
Mayor Muriel Bowser
John A. Wilson Building | 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW | Washington DC, 20004
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