Yesterday we learned that MPD District 5 Commander Solberg was given a new position, and District 5, which covers Brookland, will be getting new Commander, Dierdre N. Porter. This move comes amid a series of high profile and brazen crimes on 12th Street in Brookland, which prompted to us to start an online petition for increased police presence. We wish Mr. Solberg the best in his new position and are looking forward to getting to know Commander Porter.
We spoke with a representative from Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s staff on Monday about the response from his office and MPD to the 250+ Brookanders who signed the petition. His team assured me that they are in the process of scheduling a community meeting about the crime issue and that MPD representatives would be there. The meeting will take place on Tuesday February 11th at 6:30 pm. The location has not been announced yet, we will let you know when we know. We strongly encourage everyone to come out. You can read and sign the petition here, or on the top right of our home page.
Here is a message from Commander Porter to the community, and you can read her bio here:
Good Morning Community Members,
As a native Washingtonian, it is with anticipation and pleasure that I have been selected to serve as the Commander of the Fifth District. I am familiar with the Fifth District, as I previously resided in the Woodridge area for approximately nine years. I am excited to be working with my fellow Metropolitan Police Department members and returning to the Fifth District community.
I have 23-years of service with the Metropolitan Police Department. During my tenure, I have been previously assigned to the First, Second, Sixth and Seventh Patrol Districts, as well as various administrative assignments. My most recent assignment was in Patrol Services and School Security Bureau.
I look forward to seeing you in the community.
Dierdre N. Porter, Commander
Fifth District Commander
Metropolitan Police Department
1805 Bladensburg Road, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 698-0150
Fax: (202) 727-8453