Commanders Change at the First and Fifth Districts

The Crime Blotter - February 3

Daniel P. Hickson has been transferred to a new position from his post as the Commander of the First District. He is being succeeded by Jeff Brown, a 24-year member of the department. Brown served as captain in the district from 2006 to 2011.

“I am both proud and honored at the opportunity to serve the fine citizen’s of this community as we embark together to combat crime and address other issues in an effort to make the community safe for both residents and visitors,” wrote Brown in a letter of introduction to the members of the First District's community Listserv.

“I look forward to meeting the residents, business owners, and other stakeholders over the coming days. In the interim, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns,” he continued.

“Chief Lanier has assigned me to work on a project that she has identified as a priority. It has been a pleasure for me to serve at the Commander of the First District for the last two and half years. This has been one of my best work experiences because of the outstanding Officers who work here and because of a community that supports us and is willing to become involved. I welcome the new First District Commander, Jeff Brown, and I am certain that he will benefit from your continued support,” wrote Hickson on the community Listserv.

New Commander at The Fifth District

Dierdre N. Porter has assumed command of the Fifth Police District. She is a 23-year veteran of the force, who has worked in the First, Second, Sixth and Seventh Districts. She most recently served in Patrol Services and the School Security Bureau.

“As a native Washingtonian, it is with anticipation and pleasure that I have been selected to serve as the Commander of the Fifth District. I am familiar with the Fifth District, as I previously resided in the Woodridge area for approximately nine years. I am excited to be working with my fellow Metropolitan Police Department members and returning to the Fifth District community,” wrote Porter in a letter of introduction to the members of the First District's community Listserv.

In Other News

There was a purse-snatching on the unit block of M St. SW at 6:35 p.m.

There was a burglary on the 700 block of Delaware Ave. SW at 11 a.m. at a residence.

There was a car stolen on the 700 block of Fourth St. SW.

There were thefts on:

  • the 600 block of Pennsylvania Ave. SE at a convenience store;

  • the 400 block of Kentucky Ave. SE at a residence.

There were thefts from automobiles on:

  • the 900 block of Sixth St. SW;

  • the 800 block of 17th St. SE.

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.

“Be willing to report suspicious activity,” states Lieutenant Eddie G. Fowler.

“911 is the most direct route to access police service, and we do not want residents to rely on email and other means of communication, as these may take longer to get us there,” stated Fifth District Commander Andrew Solberg.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on Feb. 4, 2014 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listerv.

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