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Mayor Bowser: “In August, I proposed #SaferStrongerDC, a comprehensive public safety agenda to combat violent crime. All these months later, the Council has failed to act.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm 19 Comments

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The Mayor tweets:

“In August, I proposed #SaferStrongerDC, a comprehensive public safety agenda to combat violent crime.

All these months later, the Council has failed to act. Today I will make stops across the District to highlight the need for action.”

From a press release:

“On Monday, January 4 starting at 10:30 a.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue will host a “Safer, Stronger DC Tour” to highlight the legislative package proposed by Mayor Bowser in August. The proposal includes increasing police presence on streets and in communities, getting tough on the relatively small number of repeat violent offenders who continue to bring harm to the DC community, and providing the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) with the tools and resources it needs to protect neighborhoods. For more information on Safer, Stronger, visit here.

Mayor Bowser will start the day by visiting the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS), where she will meet with Director Jenifer Smith and two of the city’s crime scene investigators. Passage of the legislation would provide incentives for MPD officers nearing retirement to join DFS without the risk of negatively impacting their retirement benefits.

At noon, Mayor Bowser will appear on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show, where she will discuss public safety, her first year in office and her vision for the coming year.

Later, Mayor Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney R. Snowden will have lunch at Mama’s Kitchen in Ward 8 with small business owners talk about the importance of security cameras to combat crime. This past year, after Mama’s Kitchen was robbed five times, community members started a GoFundMe Campaign to help the owner buy security cameras. Mayor Bowser’s legislation would create incentives to encourage businesses, property owners, and churches to install security cameras – to deter crime and identify criminals.

Finally, ​Mayor Bowser will visit the DC Central Detention Facility, where she will be joined by Department of Corrections Director Thomas Faust. They will meet with inmates participating in the work-readiness program. The Mayor’s proposal would increase the number of good time credits inmates with misdemeanor sentences may receive from eight to 10 per month (for participating in work-readiness programs). These programs help returning citizens successfully reintegrate back into society.”

  • Newtonian

    Too little, too late.

    • dunning-kruger

      Yup. DC now stands for “District of CHUDS.” Can’t go out after dark or they eat your face over 70s synthscapes.

  • MRD

    It’s hard to come up with a response to what looks like a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. I read the fact sheet on the proposals, with curiously bad bullets like this one:

    “Continue to authorize the use of money to sustain the increase in police officers in our hardest hit
    areas, until it is no longer needed.”

    It brings up so many more questions than answers. Sustain the increase? Continue? Authorize the use of money? Who the hell wrote this?

    Or this one:

    “And if a violent offender commits another violent crime, he or she will have a higher standard
    of proof that they are not a danger to neighborhoods while awaiting trial.”

    Isn’t committing another violent crime all the proof that’s needed?

    Or this one:

    “Focus on preserving and increasing strong police-community relations by changing certain laws to
    reduce unnecessary contact between the community and police . . .”

    Strengthen relations by reducing contact . . . uh. . .

    • Brett M

      Did you read the supplemental budget request? That provides the specifics as to how the money will be used: http://mayor.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/mayormb/publication/attachments/Supplemental_Budget_One-pager_v9.pdf

      • anonymous

        The specifics are not much better – either in grammar or substance.
        Is the point of the $3.7 million to hire 50 police officers for community policing to replace the 50 officers currently doing crime scene investigation?

        • Brett M

          Did you read the preceding paragraph? The $3.7 million will fund the re-hiring of 50 retired officers (so they can keep their pensions as an incentive) as DFS employees and shift the 50 DFS police investigators back to MPD policing.

    • Anon

      The vast majority of the bulletted items seem like blatant filler, as if the author were a high school student trying to reach the page minimum. #teamBowser

  • TX2DC

    News Flash: Lip service and photo ops aren’t going to solve any issues in DC.

  • tom

    The criticism of Bower is ignoring the larger issue that the Council won’t even deal with crime legislation. Sure the legislation is in part a PR gimmick and won’t dramatically change the crime situation in the District, but the individual ideas seem pretty sensible and we would be a safer city with it that without it.

    • tom

      =than without it.

    • Anon

      Well it’s -obviously- someone else’s fault. Is that the buried lede we seem to be missing?

    • anon

      Completely agree. If the issue here was the mayor’s plan vs. the Council’s it would be a different story. I am the biggest critic of Bowser you’ll find and I think her “plan” leaves much to be desired but it is at least a plan, and has some elements that might help. The fact that the Council is refusing to address crime and letting loudmouths who have no interest in curbing crime control the agenda really is the bigger problem.

    • Patrick Division

      Neither Grosso nor Mendo want to burden our precious juvenile snowflakes or our returning citizens with “responsibilities” or “oversight.”

  • Anonymous

    I agree. This is too little, too late. And I’m not reserving my blame for the mayor alone. The council and ANC should be held responsible as well. Between homicides and attacks to street harassment and break-ins, this city is going in the wrong direction. We need change.

    • styglan1

      How the hell is it the ANCs fault? Seriously – I challenge you to draw a concrete line between ANC powers (real, not imagined) and crime rates. ANCs are advisory by both name and legislation. They can do nothing but bluster at public meetings and send emails from dc.gov accounts. They have absolutely zero power to force things.

  • madmonk28

    The way this is written makes it seem like Bowser proposed this agenda and then has been doing nothing since August, waiting for the council to respond. If this agenda really is so important to her, she should have spent the past few months using the bully pulpit of her office to force some action; every time there was a high profile crime she should have been saying that the council should take action on her agenda. The press release reads like she’s saying she’s been waiting for five months for the council to return her call.

    • Anonymous

      Bowser has always tried to downplay crime and sweep it under the rug. Did the same thing in Ward 4. Does she not understand how upset people are right now? Public safety is the top concern, but all we hear about is homelessness and affordable housing.

      • madmonk28

        Yeah, I live in Ward 4 and Brandon Todd is truly her protege. Bowser seems to feel that if she doesn’t talk about crime, maybe it will go away. She isn’t getting on top of what is clearly the number one priority for the voters. I wish I could say with any confidence she’s a one termer, but given the money she’s raised from developers and the power of the incumbency, I think we’re stuck with this idiot for a long while.

        • The OP Anon

          Real estate development has always been Bowser’s #1 interest. Why do you think she takes pains to downplay crime?
          .
          Follow the money folks…..why do you think your property values have shot up so much in such a stupidly short period of time?

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