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UPD would respond to off-campus incidents with city police, officer says

A Metropolitan Police Department officer told Foggy Bottom residents Tuesday that city forces would accompany University police officers to houses if the D.C. Council grants them authority to act off campus.

GW is working with other D.C. schools to expand campus police jurisdiction – a tentative proposal that administrators hope will reach the Council this fall. The University’s top safety officials have said the bill would help crack down on loud parties.

But MPD Lt. Donald Craig said if the legislation goes through, campus police officers would not respond to noise complaints alone.

“They wouldn’t be going by themselves. We would be going with them,” Craig told neighbors at a community group meeting at the School Without Walls.

Craig, who has worked in the Foggy Bottom area for the last year and a half, said in an interview after the meeting that the proposal has been mentioned to MPD, but the department does not know any details.

“They’re going to have Council hearings and all that other stuff on it, and I guess that’s when it’s all going to come out,” he said, but MPD would still be involved with any criminal matter.

Craig said officers shut down three loud parties last weekend, making reports on the incidents and handing them over to GW. He said MPD has visited “problem houses” in the neighborhood in the past and given them copies of the city’s noise law.

“We’re going to do that again starting this week,” Craig said. “We’re going to hit them right at the beginning of the year, give them a copy of the law, let them know that we’re just not going to tolerate parties.”

The Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission, the neighborhood’s top advocacy group, will host a public meeting Tuesday on the possible campus police policy.

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