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Dear PoPville – Police and Rock Creek Park

by Prince Of Petworth January 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm 26 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

Tuesday night around 5:30PM, I was driving home from work along Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park when I ended up behind a vehicle that was driving 5 – 15 mph and weaving in their lane. I suspected the driver was elderly and momentarily hesitated calling the police, but decided to do so due to the danger presented.

Upon calling 911, I was connected with MPD, who transferred me to U.S. Park Police. By the time I provided all of the information to the USPP, the offending vehicle was on Piney Branch on its way out of the park. The operator ended the call saying ‘someone would respond’ (she did not ask me to remain on the phone) as the weaving vehicle proceeded onto Arkansas Ave. I then called MPD back and reported it again.

While I understand that U.S. land requires federal law enforcement, it’s pretty ridiculous that Rock Creek Park is “served” by its own USPP emergency call center. The park is mere meters in width in some sections, and having two 911 functions prevents both MPD and the USPP from promptly responding to emergency situations.

Has anyone else dealt with this?”

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