Councilmember Pinto announces passage of Secure DC to urgently address crime in the District

Posted by
V. Casarrubias
March 5, 2024


Contact: Victoria Casarrubias, Communications Director,


Today, the DC Council passed Councilmember Brooke Pinto’s Secure DC Omnibus, a historic public safety legislative package that includes over one hundred interventions that collectively make District residents, visitors, and businesses safer and more secure by driving down the unacceptable level of crime and violence undermining safety in the District.  

Councilmember Pinto, the Chairwoman of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, also moved and the Council passed Secure DC on an emergency basis to immediately enact these interventions and urgently address the violence that is overwhelming our communities.  

“The Council’s passage today of my Secure DC omnibus legislation sends the clear message that DC is united in its efforts to make meaningful and sustainable improvements to public safety for residents across the District,” said Councilmember Pinto. “The status quo is unacceptable. Our residents deserve to be safe in our communities, and Secure DC will help curb the trends we are seeing in the District by preventing crime, ensuring accountability when crime does occur, and improving government coordination and response.”

Councilmember Pinto conducted a robust public engagement process and heard from thousands of residents, stakeholders, government partners, as well as her Council colleagues through over a dozen public hearings, public safety walks in all eight wards, and meetings with residents and partners to inform and help shape the legislation. “I am proud of the collaborative process that all of us across District government–from the Mayor, to all of my Council colleagues, the Attorney General, United States Attorney, DC Courts, agencies, experts–and residents and businesses have engaged in to get us to this monumental moment to make DC safer and more secure for everyone.” said Councilmember Pinto.  

The Secure DC Omnibus includes provisions from Councilmember Pinto’s Secure DC Plan of over a dozen separate bills, along with many of the proposals from Mayor Bowser’s Safer Stronger and ACT Now bills and from other colleagues. The Secure DC Omnibus includes the following initiatives, among others:  

Prevention and Ending Cycles of Violence

Accountability for Crime

Government Coordination and Oversight

Secure DC Omnibus provisions are included from the following bills:  

  1. Addressing Crime through Targeted Interventions and Violence Enforcement (ACTIVE) Act
  1. Safe Commercial Corridors Amendment Act of 2023  
  1. Improving Safety and Emergency Response on Transit Corridors Amendment Act of 2023  
  1. Food Regulation Ensures Safety and Hospitality Specialty Training Aids Reentry Transition and Success (FRESH STARTS) Act of 2023
  1. Prioritizing Public Safety Emergency Amendment Act
  1. Office of Unified Communication (OUC) Transparency & Accuracy Amendment Act 2023
  1. Metro Safety Amendment Act of 2023
  1. Accountability and Victim Protection Amendment Act of 2023
  1. Addressing Crime Trends (ACT) Now Amendment Act of 2023 and Safer Stronger Amendment Act of 2023 (Mayor Muriel Bowser)
  1. Whole Government Response to Crime Act of 2023 (Councilmember Robert White)
  1. Private Security Camera System Incentive Program Small Business Expansion Amendment Act of 2023 (Councilmember Charles Allen)


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