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Latino Community Public Safety Meeting Scheduled for May 6

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Event held on the 15th anniversary of the Mount Pleasant disturbances

The Metropolitan Police Department's Latino Advisory Council will sponsor a Public Safety Community Meeting on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at the <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 /?>BellMulticulturalHigh School, located at 3100 16th Street, NW, in Washington, DC.  The event will begin at 9:30 am and extend until noon.  Police, government and community leaders are scheduled to attend the event and discuss a range of public safety issues with attendees.

The purpose of the gathering is to promote greater communication between the District's Latino residents and the Metropolitan Police Department.  The assembly is the second in a series of quarterly community meetings 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. Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of the Mount Pleasant disturbances, the May 6 event provides an opportunity to review the progress made, and the challenges remaining, in police-Latino community relations in DC.

The meeting will begin with a breakfast, served from 9:30-10 am.  From 10-11 am, MPD personnel will describe Department efforts to better serve Latino residents. From 11 am-12 noon, Latino residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and express any concerns they might have about crime and police operations.

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, Neighborhood Services for Wards 1 and 4, the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, the DC Department of Human Services' Income Maintenance Administration, the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, MPD's Third District and Fourth District Commanders, and MPD?s Latino Liaison Unit.

For additional information on the event, contact MPD's Latino Liaison Unit at (202) 673-4445.