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Daily News Clips – December 6, 2017

Summary

Two smartphone stores in the District have been robbed in three days, with similarities in tactics and techniques used by the robbers. These included the use of trash receptacles found at the scene to make off with the haul. In addition to the robbery Sunday in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, another phone store was held up Friday in the 1500 block of Benning Road NE, according to information released on Tuesday by the D.C. police. • DC police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in an armed robbery that took place this morning around 4:45 in the 900 block of Bladensburg Road, Northeast. The suspect was captured on video by a nearby surveillance camera.

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Crime Updates

Washington Post: Two cellphone stores robbed in three days in DC, police say “Two smartphone stores in the District have been robbed in three days, with similarities in tactics and techniques used by the robbers. These included the use of trash receptacles found at the scene to make off with the haul. In addition to the robbery Sunday in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, another phone store was held up Friday in the 1500 block of Benning Road NE, according to information released on Tuesday by the D.C. police.”

WJLA: Police looking for person of interest in armed robbery “DC police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in an armed robbery that took place this morning around 4:45 in the 900 block of Bladensburg Road, Northeast. The suspect was captured on video by a nearby surveillance camera.”

NBC Washington: Couple Who Claimed Sovereign Rights to Two D.C. Homes Released “A man and woman claiming they are Moorish nationalists who were arrested twice for breaking into D.C. homes and claiming they were the rightful owners face new criminal charges but were also released Tuesday.”

NBC Washington: Honda Accord Tires Stolen Twice Within One Week “Within the past week, all four tires were stolen from the same car twice, and the car was left on a set of bricks. On Nov. 28 and again on Tuesday, a person stole four tires from the same 2017 Honda Accord in Prince George’s County. At 3:32 a.m., in the span of 10 minutes, surveillance footage showed an individual getting out of a car, then removing the tires from the Honda, leaving it on bricks.”

Public Safety Updates

NBC Washington: DC Police Board: Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Motorcyclist Terrence Sterling Was Unjustified “A D.C. police officer violated department policy when he shot and killed unarmed black motorcyclist Terrence Sterling last year, a Metropolitan Police Department internal review board found. Officer Brian Trainer was not justified in opening fire on Terrence Sterling early the morning of Sept. 11, 2016, according to the board. Trainer shot Sterling in the back after Sterling was reported to be riding recklessly. He was 31. “

Washington Post: Trial delayed for former Metro Transit police officer facing terrorism charges “A federal judge in Virginia has briefly delayed the trial for a former Metro Transit police officer accused of supporting the Islamic State, partly over concerns about publicity surrounding the case. Nicholas Young spoke to The Washington Post about the allegations in an article that ran in Sunday’s paper, saying he is being unfairly painted by authorities as a supporter of both the Islamic State and neo-Nazism.”

Fox5DC: DC leaders say robberies in city down by 33 percent, with help of home surveillance cameras “The District’s mayor and police chief came together on Tuesday to announce a reduction in the number of robberies across the city. Two years ago, a robbery task force was formed and since that time, D.C. officials say robberies have dropped by 33 percent.”

Mayor and City Council

NBC Washington: DC Council Wants Proof of Residency for Sheltering Homeless “The D.C. Council wants homeless people to show proof they actually lived in the city before becoming homeless before they are given shelter. Tom Sherwood reports housing activists warn the new law will put more people at risk during the winter.”

NBC Washington: DC Orders Shutdown of 3 Five Guys Locations, Citing Failure to Pay Taxes “The D.C. government has ordered the shutdown of three Five Guys restaurants in the city because the owners failed to pay sales taxes, officials say. The owners of three Five Guys restaurants in Northwest, Northeast and Southwest D.C. failed to pay more than $530,000 in sales taxes that they charged customers but never handed over to the city, the Office of Tax and Revenue announced Tuesday.”

Washington Post: Bill would let poor D.C. drivers keep licenses despite unpaid parking tickets “A bill introduced Tuesday in the D.C. Council would prevent the city from suspending low-income residents’ driver’s licenses because they have unpaid parking fines and traffic tickets, a practice some say unfairly punishes the poor.”

If you know anyone who has information regarding suspects, please call DC police.

Posted December 06 2017 at 9:53 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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April 30, 2016

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

DC Victim Hotline

844-4HELPDC (844-443-5732)
The DC Victim Hotline is available for all crime victims in the District of Columbia. The hotline number is 844-4-HELP-DC (844-443-5732) and is operational 24/7. The hotline victim assistance staff provides basic crisis-intervention support and helps callers access the complete continuum of care for crime victims, including relevant and appropriate resources based on the needs of the caller.  Some of these services include:
• Accessing the crime victim compensation fund
• Medical and forensic exams
• Housing
• Legal assistance
• Mental health counseling and support groups
Other individual support as needed
The hotline will help increase the reach and effectiveness of the District’s crime victim response system by providing a highly visible entry point for victims of any crime to access the assistance they need.

 

Contact TTY:
711

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

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The District of Columbia Office of Victim Services manages the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (DC SANE) program. The DC SANE program is a collaborative initiative among three agencies and community-based organizations, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, DC Forensic Nurse Examiners (DCFNE), and the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) whose mission is to provide comprehensive care to adult victims of rape, sexual assault and other sex crimes.

The DC SANE program is staffed 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week by nurses with specialized training in medical forensic evidence collection and paid, professional advocates who will meet the victim at the hospital and stay with the victim throughout the victim’s recovery. Exams are available to victims within 96 hours of an incident. Nurses are prepared to assess the victim for physical injury, provide prophylaxis medication to prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and collect specimens to get a full toxicology screen. Advocates will be prepared to manage the victim’s case in the criminal justice system, connect the victim with long-term mental health care, refer the victim to criminal or civil legal assistance, or help the victim get safe housing or access to public benefits.

All services provided by the DC SANE program are free and confidential. Victims of sexual assault do not need to file a report with police to access services.

To access the DC SANE program:

  • To access a medical forensic exam, contact the DC SANE Call Center at (800) 641-4028. Advocates are available 24/7/365 to arrange for you to get a medical forensic exam.
  • To speak to a medical forensic nurse, call (202) 742-1736. If a medical forensic nurse is not available, leave a message and someone will return your call during the next available business day.
  • To speak to an advocate, call (202) 742-1727. Advocates are available by phone Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. If you’ve just been sexually assaulted and need immediate care, go to the Emergency Department of MedStar Washington Hospital Center or contact the DC SANE Call Center at (800) 641-4028.
Contact Phone:
(202) 742-1736
Contact TTY:
711

Financial Assistance for Victims

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If you are a victim of a crime in DC, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance.

To find out more, contact:

DC Crime Victims Compensation Program

DC Superior Court, Building A
515 5th Street, NW, Room 104
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 879-4216
Hours of Operation: 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday

 

 

Contact TTY:
711
DC Victim Hotline 
The DC Victim Hotline is available 24/7 by telephone, text, or online chat. Through a partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants and the National Center for Victims of Crime, the DCVH provides comprehensive information, resources and referrals in the District of Columbia. The new DC Victim Hotline represents an unprecedented collaboration of service providers in DC who are working to seamlessly connect victims of crime to free, resources and to help them navigate the physical, financial, legal, and emotional repercussions of crime. To contact the hotline, dial or text 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732) or access the online chat at www.DCvictim.org/Chat.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is an annual observance to bring communities together and educate the public about victims’ rights, protections, and services. This year’s theme— Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—speaks to the idea that, when victims receive culturally sensitive and appropriate support and services in the immediate aftermath of a crime, it establishes trust in their community and the criminal justice response. This trust, in turn, begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.

RFK Events 4-30-16

March 30, 2016 | Volume 2, Issue 12

Dear Washingtonians,

You spoke and I listened.

Last week, I proposed the DC Government’s 21st consecutive balanced budget to the DC Council.

This Fiscal Year 2017 budget reflects your priorities. I made critical investments in things you told me were important to you. This budget makes historic investments in public education, as well as continued investments in affordable housing, transportation, infrastructure, public safety, job training and employment services that give residents a fair shot.

You can read an overview of my proposed budget and other detailed information at mayor.dc.gov/FairShot.

Before announcing my budget last week, I committed to sending legislation to the DC Council to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. With the high cost of living and the expenses of everyday life, low wages create an invisible ceiling that prevents working families from getting their fair shot. In a city as prosperous as ours, we can level the playing field and make sure our residents are paid a good wage so fewer families are forced to leave.

I’ll need your support. Will you join me in our #fightfor15DC? Sign our pledge to join the fight for fair wages.

We will continue to create pathways to the middle class, so that every resident has a fair shot.

Sincerely,
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Muriel Bowser
Mayor

District of Columbia Victim Assistance Academy

The DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants hosts

2015 DC Victim Assistance Academy

Registration is now open for Mass Disaster Training

The DCVAA is a comprehensive, academic and interdisciplinary training for service providers and allied professionals who work with victims in the District of Columbia.

The DCVAA-Mass Disaster will train victim assistance professionals in the District in a two-day, 13-hour session.  The goals of the Academy training are to:

 

  • Be prepared to activate a crisis response team and Family Assistance Center (FAC) with professionals who can assess and respond appropriately to the needs of victims, survivors, witnesses and community members affected by a mass disaster in the immediate, short and long-term
  • Identify the unique aspects of victims’ most basic, concrete needs in a mass disaster that must be quickly and effectively met by crisis responders
  • Identify potential partners for a DC mass disaster response at the District and federal levels, and document the roles and responsibilities of each partner
  • Provide comprehensive death notification training to participants

 

                                            Academy dates: October 26-27, 2015       

Time 8:30 am-5 pm

Location: 441 4th Street NW, Washington DC

Metro Accessible (Judiciary Square- Red Line)

Visit the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants website to download a participant application. The Academy is open to a limited number of 35 participants. Applications are due by October 15, 2015. For more information, email ovs@dc.gov

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