I hope you are having a wonderful and safe summer! The Council is currently in recess after a very busy legislative season passing the city’s budget as well as legislation to support our workers and businesses, ensure our school buildings are ready to welcome back students, and advance our climate goals among many other bills. While Committees are not meeting and the Council is not voting during recess, my office is still hard at work supporting our Ward 2 community and preparing for the legislative season this fall. I encourage you to reach out to me and my legislative and constituent services teams with issues, ideas, or suggestions!
As the summer continues, we are focused on public safety and ensuring that all of our partners are working in tandem to keep our community safe. I will continue to work with the Metropolitan Police Department, Summer Youth Employment Program, Department of Parks and Recreation, the Office of the Attorney General, the United States Attorneys Office, the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, and all of our community partners every day to be vigilant and responsive to incidents of crime in our neighborhoods.
A few things to keep in mind to help keep you and your community safe:
I am working hard to ensure and encourage more community policing, bike and foot patrols, and opportunities to increase stronger community and police engagement. Through this year’s budget, I have supported investments to expand our Department of Behavioral Health Community Response Team and to extend the Office of Neighborhood Safety & Engagement Violence Interruption Team to the Shaw neighborhood.
Come this fall, we will also be able to hire hundreds of new Metropolitan Police Department officers, including dozens of new Cadets from our communities and have also increased the budget for the office of out of school time to ensuring our young people have opportunities and support for success. This week, it was great to join our community at the Kennedy Recreation Center in Shaw for National Night Out. As always, I loved connecting with neighbors and seeing so many young people and families enjoying food, music, games, and the opportunity to build relationships with our public safety agencies. It was great to speak to our officers about all they are doing to engage our communities and keep residents safe.
Let’s all look out for one another. Please have a safe and fun filled August!
Yours in service,