This is what "all hands on deck" looks like

First up, two (auxiliary?) officers directing traffic… in concert with a perfectly working streetlight. So as the light changed, so did their whistle-blowing and hand waving. Useful somehow, I am sure. Or so I am telling myself, so I do not believe that I tolerated six hours of shrill whistle-blowing for nothing.

Next up, several of the boys in blue camped out chewing the fat next to the Holiday Market on F just off 7th street. There were actually another 4 uniformed officers in the immediate area, though they actually walked around a bit. Also there were no less than 14 people in the yellow POLICE vests – I presume they were police auxiliary, as they were not armed. Somehow those 20 plus people managed to keep the 300 by 30 foot stretch safe without additional reinforcements.

They also managed to do a good job of impeding the ability of the fire truck to come by on their way between the 6th street station and wherever they were going. With one lane blocked off for the market and the other blocked by the parked police car and van, they didn’t get there fast, but eventually one of the auxiliary managed to wave some of the cars in the oncoming lanes over to the side so the engine could get by. Thankfully it’s not like a minute or two of delay could do more than kill a few folks and burn down someone’s home.

Last up, more of the auxiliary cops. They were doing a good job processing oxygen into carbon dioxide, I’m not sure what else they were accomplishing.

6 Comments so far

  1. RumorsDaily (unregistered) on December 10th, 2007 @ 8:25 am

    I went to a movie in Chinatown last night and at around 9:00pm there were roving groups of 15 or twenty police officers meandering around the area. I mean, like six or seven different groups. There must have been a hundred cops all walking with those yellow vests in enormous, ominous groups. It was weird to see. We asked them what they were doing and they said "patrolling."

  2. RumorsDaily (unregistered) on December 10th, 2007 @ 8:26 am

    Sorry, I meant Friday night, not Saturday night.

  3. Chris L (unregistered) on December 10th, 2007 @ 10:46 am

    I saw a lot of boys in blue in Georgetown this weekend too. So glad that the cops are keeping dangerous hoods like Georgetown and Gallery Place safe.

    Lets hope we don’t catch them wasting time in safe, stable areas like Shaw or Columbia Heights.

  4. Jenn L (unregistered) on December 10th, 2007 @ 11:13 am

    On my way to Duffy’s Friday night I saw a very large convoy of cop cars and vans stuffed to the gills traveling on U Street, so yes, they did patrol Shaw, though I don’t recall seeing any on foot later.

  5. poo poo (unregistered) on December 11th, 2007 @ 9:05 am
  6. Don (unregistered) on December 11th, 2007 @ 10:18 am

    Oops meaning I shouldn’t malign AHOD because they choose to credit it for this weekend’s lack of shootings? If they’re going to assert that then I want to see comparisons for weekend days with similar drizzle and temp in previous years when AHOD wasn’t going on. Otherwise I’ll stick with Statistics 101: Correlation does not equal causation.

    AHOD may or may not be a bad concept on a whole, but I stand by my belief that traffic direction and massive shows of force in low-crime high-income area don’t contribute any value.

    What did the waterfront look like? Anacostia?

    I’m trying to assume this wasn’t cynical pandering to the more moneyed crowd who don’t care about the city as a whole so long as their street fair and stadium are well-patrolled and safe, but it’s a challenge.

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