DME Commitments [Panelist: Paul Kihn, Deputy Mayor for Education (DME)]
- Launch Safe Zones Program – Establish a network of safe zones where home, business, rec centers, libraries, etc. display a Safe Zone logo to let members of the community know that the space is ready to provide assistance during an emergency or in a time of distress.
- Pilot Ride/Walk Pooling Program – Create a system that offers school administrators the ability to leverage technology to offer diverse, low maintenance resources parents and students need to organize carpools, walkpools and bikepools.
- Pilot App for Student Assistance & Safety Alerts – Similar to LiveSafe app used on some college campuses, provide a free downloadable app that mobile users can use to initiate contact with emergency responders. Features would include: immediate “push button” calls police, easy reporting for suspicious activity or crimes in progress, and location services to notify friends of your route through campus.
- Further exploration of shuttle bus-Recommendations to identify best practices and strategies to test in SY19-20.
- Share Feedback with Schools – Connect with school regarding students’ ideas for how they can help.
DYRS Commitment [Panelist: Clinton Lacey, Director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS)]
- Utilize mentors from the Credible Messengers Initiative to serve as partners in Safe Passage efforts.
WMATA Commitments [Panelist: Lt. Beau Perrizo, Metro Transit Police, WMATA]
- Continued training and programming between MTPD officers and student groups to foster more trusting and caring officer-student relationships.
- Provide additional officers to support school zones in Safe Passage Priority Areas, as needed.
ONSE Commitment [Panelist: Delbert “Del” McFadden, Executive Director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE)]
- Dedicated ONSE staff to support safe walking routes in Safe Passage Priority Areas.
MPD Commitment [Panelist: Lt. Matthew Domas, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)]
- Training 11 new School Resource Officers (SROs) particularly on strategies to build trusting relationships with young people.
- Additional MPD presence near transit bus stations based on emerging events, incidents, and intel.
- Sustained MPD deployment to DCPS and public charter schools.
Citywide Safe Passage Townhall held May 15, 2019 at KIPP DC