Public Safety

Where I Stand

Everyone deserves to live in a community where they feel safe. I’m in constant communication with the police commanders in Ward 1 to relay concerns I hear from constituents and to ensure police have the resources they need to do their jobs effectively.

I've compiled a list of Community Safety Resources that gives a sample of organizations that engage in violence intervention, youth outreach, victims' services, and more.  

Last year I co-introduced and voted for the NEAR Act, a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill that addresses community violence with a public health approach. The NEAR Act is now fully funded and I continue to track its implementation closely. A summary of the provisions of the NEAR Act and their implementation status was recently released. It includes:

  • Establishment of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE)
  • Establishment of the Office of Violence Prevention and Health Equity
  • New standards for reporting data on Stop and Frisk and Uses of Force
  • Arrest diversion for those with mental health needs

I’m also fighting to reduce gun violence with a bill that gives police and residents new tools to remove guns if a person presents an immediate threat to themselves or others. As a woman, I also know what it’s like to feel unsafe on the streets due to street harassment. That’s why I pushed for the Council’s first ever hearing on the issue and introduced a bill to target and eradicate street harassment through education, culture change, and by gathering data on the problem that will help us focus our resources.

What I've Done

  • Introduced, passed and funded the Street Harassment Prevention Act of 2017. The bill:
    • Officially defines street harassment
    • Creates an advisory committee to develop policies, guidelines and procedures to educate District employees to identify and address street harassment
    • Administers funding for a street harassment awareness programs aimed at areas that are high risk
    • Conducts a survey to collect data to better understand the pervasiveness of street harassment in the District
  • Introduced the Extreme Risk Civil Protection Act, which reduces gun violence in the District by giving residents and police more tools to reduce access to firearms by those who are a risk to themselves or others.
  • Co-introduced the NEAR Act, a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill that seeks to use public health approaches to prevent violence and reduce incarceration. I continue to push for full implementation (see ‘Where I Stand’)

Funding Secured for Gang Violence Prevention Activities in Ward 1

$ 250000
The amount my office secured for gang violence prevention activities in Ward 1.
  • Voted for a budget that increased funding for MPD to move forward with body camera rollout and add 60 new officers.
  • Supported the Private Security Camera Rebate and Voucher Program.
  • Convene regular public safety walks, and a major annual public safety event that brings together community members, the police, and District agencies that offer substance abuse and mental health interventions to walk a neighborhood and address trouble spots