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Safe Summer Youth Crime Prevention Initiative: 40 Days of Increased Peace

Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Press Conference & Kickoff with Special Police Announcement

Join Chief Charles H. Ramsey, Assistant Chiefs Willie E. Dandridge (East, 6th & 7th Districts),  Brian Jordan (Central, 1st & 5th Districts), Peter Newsham (North, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Districts), along with members of the clergy, the community, parents and students, who will come together at a local Boys and Girls club to announce the city's largest crime prevention partnership of the summer, with a special police announcement.<?xml:namespace prefix = o /?>


When:            Wednesday, June 14, 2006


(last day of school for DC's public schools students ½ day)


Where:          #14 Boys & Girls Clubhouse of Greater Washington

                     (Richard England Clubhouse, 4103 Benning Road, NE (next door to 6D)


When:           2 pm (Press Conference), 3-6 pm (Kickoff events)

Information:  Yvonne Smith, [email protected], (202) 645-5333 / (202) 645-5568


Details about this year's unique press conference: On the very last day of school, which will be the first day of the summer break for DC's youth and young adults, the Metropolitan Police Department and their community partners in crime prevention will hold a press conference, followed by a series of more than 300 events around the city for more than 40 consecutive days, designed to promote the safest summer yet.


Over 40 partners, including the city's Department of Parks and Recreation, Children's National Medical Center, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington, Court Services and Offender Supervision, US Department of Justice, East of the River and ROC-Central's Clergy Police Community Partnerships, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, and many more will support the summer initiative with a focus on crime prevention and intervention among the city's youth, specifically to reduce juvenile arrests, which, oftentimes, result from poor supervision and boredom among youth during the summer months.  Events will target all areas of the city with a focus on saturating the city's crime hotspot neighborhoods, with a concentration on educational and recreational outreach, which will include visits from the Department of Parks and Recreation's Skate Mobile and the citys Mobile Library.


Immediately following the press conference, the first events of the summer will take place, inside and outside the facility, with summer camp registration, arts and crafts, construction of a quilt for peace, volleyball, live entertainment with a famous local radio and television personality, free giveaways, and much more.  Summer master calendars will be distributed, as well as safety pledge cards for youth, along with a "40 Days" hotline for people to call each day to obtain a listing of free summer events. The hotline is (202) IM Bored (462-6733).


The citywide effort hopes to celebrate its safe summer success at this year's National Night Out events, Tuesday, August 1.  For a complete list of "40 Days" events in all seven police districts, visit the MPDC website.