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Pleasantly Surprised by MPD Foot Patrols (and a horse one too)

by Prince Of Petworth March 19, 2014 at 11:00 am 24 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

Just an unexpected sighting – cops walking a foot patrol at 12/ E Cap SE and I saw another one at 12/PA Ave SE.

Seems friendly and proactive – checking stores and talking to neighbors out and about.

Just FYI – maybe it’s something new? Definitely a pleasant surprise.”

Ed. Note: I read my daughter a book every night called Clip Clop Clippity Clop and last week as I was working at the computer I start hearing clip clop clippity clop and I just thought I was going crazy reading the book so many times. Thankfully, it really was a horse. Anyone else noticing more MPD foot patrols/general higher visibility?

  • Anonymous

    More nice weather, more patrols. Get ready to see lots more foot-beat units out in bar and club heavy areas too.

  • Anon

    It’s nice to see more cops walking the beat, but I’m going to have to be opposed to horse patrols until they do something about the mess these animals leave behind.

    • anon

      Criminals stay away from neighborhoods with lots of horse manure because they know the police are around. Having piles of horse manure in your neighborhood is a proven and effective crime deterrent. One neighborhood just placed piles of fake horse manure around its streets and crime dropped 30%. Google it.

    • Petworth dude

      Plus horses are very expensive for police departments to maintain. Stick to segways and bikes, MPDC.

  • Anonymous

    Well, it looks like at least some elected officials in DC are listening to their constituents. People in Petworth have been clamoring for more foot patrol – yet nothing. The cops rarely get out of their cars and treat the criminals with more respect than the victims. I think Gray is punishing Bowser and Bowser just doesn’t care. Sucks.

  • dittle

    I have to agree that this is great. However, concerned about horse droppings. Is there a “scoop your horse’s poop” law in effect? Ugh – I would not want to have to do that!

  • Anonymous

    I notice the piles of poop the Cop’s horses have been leaving on the Calvert Street bridge. Does a horse poop in the same place like a dog? Because something about that spot makes horses poop like a…..well horse.

    Also, it takes the city about a week to throw hay on it and another week to scoop it.

    • jeffb

      Horses aren’t fed meat so their poop is not a health problem the way that dog poop is. Yes there are issues but there is a much better reason to clean up dog poop than horse crap.

      • Anonymous

        never said it was….it is steaming pile of poop in the middle of a sidewalk which is enough of a problem for me. Wouldn’t be if it was cleaned in under a week.

  • jim_ed

    We get all sorts of multi-modal patrols in our stretch of Petworth – we get a daily patrol by a Segway cop, then periodic bicycle and motorcycle officers, as well as the usual squad cars.

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t seen one foot cop… But I have heard many instances of crime. Package theft, burglary, assaults/intimidation as well as open air drug dealing.

    • between the Circles

      We do?! I’ve never seen a Segway cop in Petworth, or a motorcycle cop. I can count on one hand the times I’ve seen a bicycle cop. The squad cars I occasionally see are parked in Sherman Circle….chatting with each other. When and where do the multi-modal patrols patrol?

      • jim_ed

        Yep. We live a few blocks north of Sherman. I only see the segway patrol zip by the house between 3-5, but most days that I’ve been home from work I’ve seen them. Also, a few months back there was a hit and run where someone slammed into a parked Jeep at like 1 am. I watched squard cars, followed by the motorcycles, followed finally by the bicycle cops all show up for it, so they’re around somewhere.

  • MtP

    I understand that putting officers in cars gives them more mobility, but I 100% agree that we need more foot patrols in certain neighborhoods. Yes, it might mean hiring more officers, but I think that is worth if for the added connection, deterrence factor, and presence that foot/bike/horse?! patrols give neighborhoods.

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised that the horses don’t have the poop bags attached to their bodies that catch the droppings. Would be much cheaper and more effective than going back and picking up the droppings a week later. “Bum bags” are quite commonly used, especially in parades.

  • Pworthian

    Sounds like election season to me! enjoy those beat cops for the next few days.

    • Anonymous

      So cynical…..but oh so right. Did the police union endorse Gray?

      • jim_ed

        Nope. rank and file don’t like Lanier, thus don’t like Gray. Also lost a nasty arbitration case over pay increases. They endorsed Tommy Wells.

  • districtwanderer

    Interesting. I also saw an officer walking in my neighborhood this morning (14 & E ST SE). Sadly, I found it somewhat astonishing since I have never EVER in five years seen an officer just strolling the neighborhood. Although there is a pretty sweet bicycle brigade of cops that sometimes cruises around that part of SE, usually with one of the cops smoking a serious cigar whilst cruising…

    Nice to see cops on the street. Sends a strong message.

    • Anonymous

      I saw the brigade riding around Lincoln Park, and had to do a double take when I saw the rocket hanging out of the lead cop’s mouth. Was tempted to grab my phone and take a picture, but didn’t want a ticket for use of a phone while driving (though I was at a stop sign). Quite the dilemma.

      • jch

        I believe there has been some crime in the last two weeks around Eastern Market which is why you are seeing the increase. There was a purse snatching at 7th over by the market, a mugging at 10th and S. Carolina, and a purse snatching at 14th and E st last night.

        • districtwandere

          @jch–thanks for the tip. haven’t heard about any of this.

          Any details on the purse snatching at 14 and E last night? That’s my turf…

          • Anonymous

            I follow @DCPoliceDept on twitter —
            Yesterday got this: Robbery Snatch, 1430hrs_14th and E St, SE_LOF,B/M_5’4-5’6_heavy build _dreads_dark coat,waist length_blue jeans

  • psoccer55

    Saw two foot patrols in the Ust/14th St area (off the main drags) for the first time in the five years I have lived here. Normally we just get the squad cars, and a bike cop a few times a year. Definitely a nice surprise to see them on foot.


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