Ward 4 councilman requests more help from MPD's narcotics division to combat crime
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
The Southwest Petworth area may seem quiet and peaceful, but neighbors say illegal activity is happening around them.
A woman, who asked not to be identified, says the problems are creeping up to her front door.
“I have noticed a real uptick in activity lately, this morning i thought i saw a drug in deal in front of my house,” said the unidentified neighbor.
7 On Your Side found crime statistics which shows that violent crime has slightly increased near Quincy Street NW in the last two months compared to this time last year.
“Just looking at the crime report, something at Kansas and Quincy happened. All over within a 2 or 3 block radius,” said Reginald Williams.
As a result, Ward 4 Councilman Brandon Todd is fighting back by sending a letter to Chief Peter Newsham.
In it, he expresses concerns about “drug dealing, prostitution, shots fired” and more.
Todd is now calling for “a more robust presence” from MPD’s “narcotics and special investigations division”.
“It will make the neighborhood better, it will make the neighborhood safer and that’s all we really want is to be safe in our own homes,” said Williams.
ABC7 News reached out to DC Police to see how they will respond to Councilman Todd’s request. So far, we have not received a response.