The Washington Post reports on an announcement by the MPD that they have arrested 77 people in Trinidad for selling or supplying drugs since June of this year. The arrests are part of a strategy on MPD's part of focusing heavily on particular crimes occurring within the Trinidad neighborhood. I had a lengthy conversation yesterday afternoon with a longtime veteran of MPD who is working on organizing community policing efforts in PSA 504. We talked about the challenges we face in trying to 1. identify block captains; 2. get officers and residents to understand the role of block captains; 3. get and keep information flowing in both directions in an organized and effective manner. He talked about the importance, for the purposes of building trust, of making sure officers, where possible, share strategies with the community. Specifically he talked about stepped up enforcement of certain laws that relate to both public safety and automobiles. The focus on cars is due to the fact that the criminals in many of the recent shootings fired from inside cars.
Also of interest in the article- Lanier stated that police have documented the presence of the Bloods in Trinidad. She did not say whether the gang appeared to be involved in the drug sales, or recent violence in the neighborhood.