Ward 8 residents feel the most unsafe in their neighborhoods during the day and at night, according to a survey conducted last summer.
Three nonprofit groups—the Community Preservation and Development Corporation, the Council for Court Excellence, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation—administered the Districtwide survey to more than 900 residents both in person and online. Questions revolved around how safe residents feel in certain areas at certain times, their relationships with police, and ways to improve public safety. The survey is part of a two-year effort called Collaborating for Prevention.
“Our goal with this survey is to identify what we need to do to strengthen partnerships between residents who live in communities across the city and the law enforcement officers who are supposed to protect them,” Pamela Lyons, a senior vice president at CPDC, said in a statement.
Citywide, according to the report, most residents reported feeling safe in private spaces like their homes or cars at all hours of the day, but not safe or only somewhat safe after dark in public places like Metro stations, playgrounds, and stores:
According to the groups, more than half of all survey participants said they had experienced or witnessed neighborhood crime, with African-American respondents being four times more likely to have seen multiple gun crimes than white ones:
Based on the results, CPDC recommends developing more communication between residents and police, increasing the access residents have to public-safety data, and investing more in trauma services for youth affected by violent crime.
You can read the full report here.