Community Meetings – Neighborhood Watch Captains and General DC Cares Meeting

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Block Captain Meeting RSVP by Sunday

Please spread the word about the next NWCHCA Neighborhood Watch Block Captains Training. If you’re interested in becoming a Block Captain, please come!

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Time: 7:30 to 9 PM (please come by 7:15 to sign in, so that we can start on time)

Place: MPD 3D Substation, 750 Park Road NW (between Sherman and Georgia Ave)

Who Should Attend: People who want to become Neighborhood Watch Block Captains. Not sure? Please read the attached guide that describes Neighborhood Watch and Block Captain responsibilities. Businesses & Apartments: You can participate too.

Cost: Free! All are welcome, materials and refreshments are also free

RSVP: Please e-mail [email protected] to RSVP by Sunday, December 6.

We will have MPD support and participation!


Samantha Nolan, long-time Neighborhood Watch Director and MPD 2nd District Citizens Advisory Chair will conduct the training session


* Starting and managing Neighborhood Watch programs
* Reporting crime: how to communicate effectively with police
* How communities can take back their neighborhoods by working effectively with police
* Tips for Block Captains and success stories

Samantha will be showing a brand new slide show of actual photographs taken in Columbia Heights. The photos will show real photographs of potential crime scenes. I’m sure that it will be very interesting and educational.

Jason Berry, a Columbia Heights community leader, will present a practical guide to being a Block Captain. Jason has years of experience in community organizing and will help us with the difficult work of outreach.

With the holidays coming, people are going to be busier and busier–please approach your neighbors who you know would make great Block Captains and ask that they put our training on their calendar now.

Greater DC Cares Meeting Wed.

Greater DC Cares encourages Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, U Street, and Petworth residents to attend a neighborhood meeting on December 2nd from 6:30-8:00pm at the Parkview Recreation Center, located at 693 Otis Pl NW. We will be introducing various projects that Greater DC Cares is forming in these communities, and discussing ways to increase involvement in the programs. To sign up, register at, or email Meghan at [email protected]

5 Comment

  • Nice seeing some positive approach at this.

    I wonder if block captains gain “access” to sealed criminal records of neighborhood juvenile offenders, or some sort of other line of communication with those in the know? Can you get intelligence on criminal activity in DC public housing, including identification of suspected punks that are repeat offenders?

    I’d be scared to venture into such an endeavor fearing for my life in the event I became known as a snitch.

  • @Wondering: The block captain role is to be observant of problems on their particular street, such as vacant or nuisance properties, bad lighting, etc, and contacting the appropriate city services. They also (ideally) make connections with all the neighbors, and promote activities such as block parties.

    The MPD publishes crime stats and maps every month, which are public, and block captain can get copies of them and let their neighbors know about trouble spots. It is more about being observant, informative, and fostering a sense of community than it is about being some kind of Confidential Informant.

  • “Please read the attached guide that describes Neighborhood Watch and Block Captain responsibilities.”

    Can you post a link? I’m curious to read it…

  • Thats the old Evening Star Building, has a long history.

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