WASHINGTON – More than 70 employees and officers of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) worked together in a citywide clean-up to launch of the District of Columbia’s Summer Crime Initiative.
The May 31, 2019 event – “Team Up to Clean Up” – started with a kick-off rally at the Mary Virginia Merrick Community Center, in the 4300 block of 4th Street SE, before volunteers from CSOSA, MPD, and other agencies headed to more than 20 locations throughout the District of Columbia. During this day of service, the volunteers cleaned up trash from blocks and streets and promoted community pride to launch a summer of activities. CSOSA, MPD and other law enforcement partners will work together throughout the summer on public safety measures and participate in a series of community events, including the annual National Night Out.
“This is about being out in the community, working, and showing that we care,” said Associate Director Marcus Hodges of the Office of Community Supervision and Intervention Services. “We want to improve the community and will do everything we can to do it.”
“A clean community is a safer community and that’s what this is all about,” said Associate Director Cedric Hendricks of the Office of Legislative, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs. “It’s also about partnership, showing our collaboration with the community.”
The locations included sidewalks, public parks, curb areas, and streets, such as the 1900 block of 15th Street SE; the 2700 to 2900 blocks of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE; the 5000 blocks of B, C, and D Streets SE; the 5000 block of Benning Road SE; the 3100 to 3600 blocks of 14th Street NW, the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Canal Street SW, and many other neighborhoods. At many locations, residents came out to greet the volunteers.
This was the third annual “Team Up to Clean Up” event. As in the past, the District of Columbia’s Department of Public Works provided support at the many locations.