Georgetown Issues 'Rocky's Report' for March 28
March 28, 2012 – Hi Everyone. Here's my report for this week.
Let me start with some good news – our ridership on our neighborhood shuttles hit 60,000 riders over the weekend. We continue to see about 40 percent of that use on the M Street Shuttle, which takes students back and forth from campus to M Street via Canal Road. We promote these shuttles to our students as a safe way to travel back and forth to campus, and we are glad so many students are using them instead of walking through the neighborhoods, especially late at night.
A few updates from the past week out in the neighborhoods. Last Thursday night our DPS officers were on active patrol on the north side of campus, near Georgetown Hospital and Burleith when they witnessed a vehicle drive onto the sidewalk on Reservoir Road, hitting two pedestrians. The driver did not stop. So our DPS officer followed the car until the driver finally stopped at a residence in Georgetown. The officer called MPD to the scene and they arrested the driver for DWI. The two victims were injured and hospitalized. We were very thankful that our DPS officer acted quickly to ensure the person responsible was apprehended by MPD.
MPD shared with us at our weekend review meeting Monday that there were three calls to 911 for noise last weekend. One came in at 2:10 a.m. Friday and did not involve Georgetown students. Another came from Prospect Street at 11:37 p.m. Thursday. When MPD investigated, they found one Georgetown student home that was asleep. MPD noted there was a heavy amount of foot traffic on Prospect Street at that time, which our SNAP team members also confirmed. On Thursday night there was a call from West Georgetown where MPD found seven students talking loudly at 11:30 p.m. They asked the students to move inside and they did.
We also had calls to our hotline over the weekend and our SNAP teams responded quickly. On Friday night, we received a hotline call at 11:08 p.m. regarding noise in West Georgetown. SNAP responded right away and warned the 10 people gathered to lower their noise. An hour later, SNAP returned and shut down a party there.
On Saturday night, a call came in regarding noise at 12:51 a.m. in West Georgetown. Our SNAP team responded three minutes later and shut down a party. The neighbor let us know they were impressed at how quickly SNAP responded and we were glad to hear that our system of having hotline calls go right to the SNAP teams out in the neighborhood is working to turn around a very quick response.
We received another call Saturday night to our hotline at 1:07 a.m. from a neighbor in West Georgetown. SNAP responded and found no one home at the residence referenced. That sometimes happens. In this case, it has happened several times at the same residence in the past few months.
Until next week – be safe!