Safe neighborhoods and streets are essential for Washingtonians and businesses alike to succeed. To achieve this, we need to strengthen relationships between residents, business owners, and the police officers in our communities. Like many residents Kent monitors and engages MPD on local list serves and at Police Service Area meetings. But to achieve the highest level of public safety possible he believes that we need to have a police force connected to our neighborhoods and large enough to meet the needs of a growing city.
On Police Districts: In 2011 the areas of Ward 1 north of Park Road/Monroe Street along with Mount Pleasant were transferred from the Third to the Fourth Police District. Kent opposed the MPD redistricting and will focus on restoring all of Ward 1 to a single Police District. The current Police District boundaries split neighborhoods and make it difficult for the community to have a comprehensive understanding of crime in their community. Restoring the entire Ward to a single Police District will improve communication, accountability, and service to all residents of Ward 1.
On Dedicated Plain Clothes Police Officers: In 2015 Washington’s vice police were centralized. Kent strongly opposed this decision and will advocate for the return of dedicated Ward-based plain clothes policing. Ward 1’s most serious public safety issues rely on intelligence gathering. While many residents work well with local police officers, no amount of community activism and reporting can substitute for on-the-ground community policing from MPD.