February 21, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m., Harbour Square Cooperative, 500 N St. SW

Participants: Sgt. Michael Architzel and Officers Mopkins and Wong of PSA 105; Naomi Monk and Irv Gamza, PSA 105 meeting coordinators/facilitators and John McGrath recorder. A total of 22 persons were in attendance.

Sgt. Architzel reviewed the PSA 105 crime statistics for the last 30 days: (a) Assault with a Deadly Weapon – one drug-related incident on 1st St. SW; no arrest; (b) Robbery – 3 incidents, including one at 1100 block of 4th St. SW when a woman tackled the 17-year old assailant; arrests in all 3 incidents; (c) Burglaries – 4 incidents; (d) Theft including shoplifting – 9 incidents; (e) Theft from Auto – 5 incidents; (f) Stolen Auto – 4 incidents but all were determined to be autos towed during the inauguration weekend. In addition, 4 arrests were made for intent to distribute drugs including 2 incidents in or near the O St. circle (300 O St. SW).

A townhouse owner in the 1300 block of 4th St. SW had the front door kicked open and personal items taken. An alert citizen who witnessed the crime in progress called 911. Police stressed the importance of a good deadbolt lock and an alarm system for townhouses.

Incidents of homeless persons using townhouse courtyards to relieve themselves were discussed. Owners should call 911 with a description of the offender to assist the police.

Police stated that they are monitoring local school children at afternoon dismissal with special attention to the Safeway, CVS and Metro.

Monthly and year-end crime comparison reports previously provided by MPD remain unavailable. An MPD taskforce is working to resolve database reporting and data accuracy issues.

The annual MPD awards ceremony will be held on February 28, 2013. The 1st Police District is being recognized as the best district for 2012. Congratulations to Commander Daniel Hickson! Officer Alexander Vogel, PSA 105, is being recognized as the outstanding patrol office for the 1st District. Officer Vogel has worked tirelessly to reduce street crime in PSA 105.

Next Meeting: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m., River Park Mutual Homes.

By John McGrath

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