Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Gonna find out how blue steel feels

Yikes, Washington City Paper is reporting that three armed robbers robbed the Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights Friday night at 9pm. Apparently, this is normal because it is Christmas time. Double yikes. www.washingtoncitypaper.com


Jimmy said...

Not my favorite bar near the PP palace! That is scary.

What does "par for the course" for Christmas mean??? Never heard that one before.

Prince of Petworth said...

Insane. Here are some intersting comments one commenter left, I'll repost from a different thread:

Community policing isn't new. It's been Ramsey's stated approach since he got here. How well has it been implemented? Not that that great, or at least not properly. It's hard to police a community when the officers don't know the community and the community doesn't know its officers. Officers and officials (at least at the Sgt and Lt levels) on a city-wide basis have to know their neighborhoods. They need to get out of their cars. It's just that simple. You don't have to have every officer on a footbeat, or on footbeat all the time. Maybe park the car and walk the block a couple of times in random order, talk to people, go into businesses and meet the owners, keep a record of the information for your beat of people you meet. That way when something bad happens, you know who to go to ask, and you know who the trouble makers are, and the residents and business owners care that something happened in their neighborhood. That's community policing.
It's the type of policing MPD needs to not only state as their approach, but really plan out and implement. This takes committment from officers and especially from their supervisors. Don't get me wrong, there are a whole lot of officers and officials who work hard with their communities, but it's not consistent enough, especially in the neighborhoods that need it the most. Now that I've called out officers, there is the flip side to this coin, the community itself. Members of the community are the other and equally important piece to this puzzle. Simply saying there's nothing you can do about it, it's the police's problem, not much I can do, keeps community policing from really being a success. A person doesn't have to be a police officer to police their community, there are plenty of other ways to be part of this process and I encourage everyone to find a way that fits them, and if nothing matches with you, start something new. Granted this is easier in some neighborhoods than others of course, but there is always a way to do something that contributes to the larger effort of public safety.

Anonymous said...

"Par for the course" around this time of year meaning that robberies and thefts sometimes tend to increase around Christmas time. It's why MPD puts more officers out in shopping areas around town for "Christmas details". This time of year, many an office worker can tell you about their wallet or purse being stolen out of their office by someone wandering through their areas pretending to belong there. Granted, this is a bit different, and certainly more violent, but part of the same trend. Someone doesn't have money, they know people might be carrying more money around this time of year buying presents.