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The More You Know: D.C.'s MPD

Understanding the city you call home means learning a variety of things, from ways of getting around to the layers and divisions of local governance to new options for dining, shopping, and living. Another important piece of that information puzzle involves safety and crime, and knowing how the city's police force operates. To that end, we thought it would be good to inform everyone about the organization tasked with keeping D.C.'s streets safe: the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

Recently, the MPD updated the boundaries of its seven districts, something it does periodically to improve services and response times throughout the city. You can learn more about the 2019 realignment with this helpful MPD documentGreater NoMa is served by three MPD districts:

Additionally, MPD maintains a Special Liaison Branch — comprising the Asian Liaison Unit (ALU); Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit (DHHLU); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Unit (LGBTLU); and Latino Liaison Unit (LLU) — to benefit underserved communities. Special Liaison community listserve (

To keep abreast of MPD information, follow @DCPoliceDept on Twitter for updates on crime, outreach events, and ways to assist the department; and @DCPoliceTraffic for information on traffic across D.C., scheduled road closures, and more. And you can track crimes across the city or just in your neighborhood through the D.C. Crime Cards website.

For each MPD district, there is also a Citizens Advisory Council (CAC), which provides the district commander with information and recommendations from the community on public-safety problems and police service needs. Regular CAC meetings in each district allow residents to meet and discuss police-related issues with the commander. For more information about the CACs, call (202) 727-8809.

  • 1D CAC: Robert Pittman, chair,, (202) 299-3373; Carolyn Smith, community outreach coordinator,, (202) 299-3374
  • 3D CAC: Camille McKenzie, chair,, (202) 854-1620; Marco Santiago, community outreach coordinator,, (202) 671-6604 
  • 5D CAC: Frances Penn, chair,, (202) 832-7672; Latissha Isby, community outreach coordinator,, (202) 698-0289

Welcome to 51 Mmmmm St. NE

NoMa now has a new option for grocery shopping. And grabbing something tasty for lunch. And relaxing with friends and associates after the workday is done. All in one place: Streets Market, which opened its fourth D.C. location last weekend at 51 M St. NE (the AVA NoMa apartment building). In addition to a great selection of organic, natural, and everyday groceries and goods, Streets features "grab and go" dishes made fresh daily and, in the back of the 7,000-square-foot space, a bar with 30 beers on tap, wine and cocktails, and a chef-driven menu served by friendly waitstaff. And here's a pro tip: If you're looking for a new place to live, AVA NoMa residents have a private entrance to the retailer.

North Capitol Street Could Be Better

A central element of the 1791 L’Enfant Plan, which laid out D.C.’s unique grid, North Capitol Street defines the city’s northeast and northwest quadrants and, today, serves as a primary city roadway for vehicular traffic. But over the past few decades it has fallen into disrepair and, especially along the stretch between New York Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, been the site of a disproportionate number of accidents and crimes. To begin addressing these challenges, last summer the NoMa BID, in partnership with District Department of Transportation, worked with local residents and other community stakeholders to produce a study of the mile-long stretch from R Street down to Massachusetts Avenue. Now available to the public, the North Capitol Street Needs Assessment provides a list of recommended improvements that would make the mile-long corridor a safer and more hospitable place for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. 

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