The Metropolitan Police Department's Latino Advisory Council will sponsor a Public Safety Community Meeting on Saturday, September 23, 2006, at the Brightwood Elementary School, located at 1300 Nicholson Street, NW, in Washington, DC. The event will be conducted in Spanish, with English interpretation provided. The event will begin at 9:30 am, and extend until noon. A Latino breakfast will be served from 9:30-10 am.
The purpose of the gathering is to promote greater communication between District Latino residents and the Metropolitan Police Department. The assembly is the third in a series of quarterly community assemblies with Latinos that will be held in different areas of the city, and will be similar in format to the monthly meetings held in police service areas throughout the city. The central theme of this quarterly meeting will be violent crimes against Latinos.
After breakfast, various speakers will address issues such as “How to Avoid Becoming a Crime Victim,” “Coming Forward: Being a Witness,” and “Latino Gangs and the Law.” Latino residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and express any concerns they might have about police operations through the presentations.
The Metropolitan Police Department's Latino Advisory Council consists of community, government, and police representatives. Current members include representatives of the Council of Latino Agencies, Councilmember Jim Graham's Office, the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, Neighborhood Services for Wards 1 and 4, the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, the DC Department of Human Services' Income Maintenance Administration, MPDC's Latino Liaison Unit, and MPDC's Third and Fourth District Commanders.
For additional information on the event, contact the MPDC's Latino Liaison Unit at (202) 673-4445.