Expect Police on Bikes this Week

Crime Blotter: March 3rd

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MPD officers pose with bicycles at a 2018 Walk-to-School Day in Lincoln Park.

If you spotted a group of officers on mountain bikes along East Capitol Street and the alleyways Wednesday morning, don’t be alarmed.

It’s all part of Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Officer bicycle patrol training. Based at RFK Stadium, the 40-hour-training class involves classroom instruction, obstacle courses and endurance rides in order to prepare officers to ride mountain bikes on patrol.

Among training activities is a night time ride as well as a segment on patrolling alleyways, said First District Sergeant Joshua Strassman in an email to the First District List Serv.

So, you can expect to see multiple groups of officers on bikes until training concludes Friday, March 5.

In Other News

At 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, there was an assault with a dangerous weapon on the 1400 block of Half Street SW.

At 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, a man was arrested on the 1800 block of C Street NE on charges of Speeding (30 mph or over).

At 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, a man was arrested on the 400 block of Eighth Street SE on charges of Simple Assault.

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, a man was arrested on the 1300 block of I Street NE on charges of Driving Under the Influence (Second Offense)

Reporting Illegal Activity

Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity that seems out of the ordinary, immediately call 911.

When reporting suspicious activity, give an accurate description. Here are some things to include:

Brief description of the activity;

  • Date, time and location of the activity;
  • Physical identifiers of anyone you observed;
  • Descriptions of vehicles;
  • Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone;
  • Your name and contact information.

“As we continue to work with our community in the prevention of crime, we ask that if you see something suspicious you contact us immediately,” says First District Commander Morgan C. Kane, MPA.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on March 4th, 2020 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.