Last week, an annual dinner sponsored by the Citizens Advisory Council in the Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District celebrated the hard work and dedication of our local officers. Officer Christopher Denton of our police service area, PSA 201, was named Officer of the Year for his hard work reducing thefts from vehicles and burglaries on the midnight shift. Former PSA 201 Lt. Alan Hill, now responsible for Sector One (PSAs 201, 202 and 203), was named Lieutenant of the Year.

Other officers were honored, including two who rescued a distraught teenager from the Taft Bridge and another who arrested a driver who struck two bike patrol officers in Adams Morgan. The PSA 206 Officer of the Year, Confessor Martinez, will work with nine other officers to provide much-needed support for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico. Among the speakers at the banquet were D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Council members Mary Cheh and Brandon Todd, Chief Peter Newsham and Citizens Advisory Council chair Brian Turmail.

Reported crime in PSA 201 continued downward in September, with all property crime categories dropping by significant margins. The only increase was in assaults with a dangerous weapon not involving a firearm, which rose to two from zero in September 2016. As we head into colder weather, it’s important to lock both your home and vehicle doors to reduce crimes of opportunity.

On another issue, our association joins the opposition to a D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation plan to close the Chevy Chase Community Center an hour earlier on weeknights. The issue will be discussed by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G (Chevy Chase) on Oct. 23.

Our first vice president, Catherine Barnes-Domotor, says we are “adamantly opposed” to the plan. “The Chevy Chase community relies on this space to host a variety of activities for all ages,” she says. “From Scrabble to fencing to pickleball to telescope making and more, the community center is a fixture in this neighborhood.”

She added that our association’s regular public meetings usually go beyond the proposed closing time, and “we would be faced with having to cut our programming short, which would be a disservice to the community.”

— Chris Dietz and Ted Gest