I received this email from Jasmin Benab, Ward 4 MOCR yesterday evening. I am awaiting a bit more information regarding follow-up on when the PSD will be put into place and there powers but I think DC is trying to make an effort to make Emory Recreation Center safer for our youth.
Thank you to all of the residents who attended the community meeting held on Tuesday evening to discuss safety at the Emery Heights Recreation Center. Safety is a top priority. Cathy Lanier – Chief, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD); Kevin Donahue- Deputy Mayor for Public Safety; Brenda Donald – Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services; Keith A. Anderson – Director, DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Brandon Todd – Ward 4 Councilmember participated in the discussion.
Additionally, on Wednesday evening, representatives from the Mayors Office, DPR, Department of General Service ( DGS) and the Protective Services Division conducted a walkthrough at Emery to continue enacting safety measures.
Here are the steps being taken:
DPR and the Department of General Services (DGS) will begin construction and installation of a new CCTV (Close-Caption Television) system that will be monitored by DGS’s Protective Services Division (PSD). The design will provide 360 degree views around the site. Once the project is completed in September, there will be a total of 45 cameras monitoring the site. Also, non-functioning lights surrounding the facility have been fixed.
DPR’s Roving Leaders will continue to monitor the site.
DGS PSD and DPR are working to secure special police officers to be onsite. Timeline Friday, August 19,2016.
MPD Mountain Bike Officers will continue their daily routine and check ins at the recreation center.
A common theme on Tuesday evening was for everyone, government and community to work together to strengthen our communities.
We will continue to provide correspondence and updates on security protocols as we work together to provide safe, welcome environments.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Deputy Director – Community Engagement
DC Department of Parks and Recreation
Ward 4 Community Liaison
Executive Office of the Mayor