National Night Out at Turtle Park

Children gingerly pet the MPD police horse
Children gingerly pet the MPD police horse

It wasn’t a crime scene at Turtle Park on Van Ness Street, NW, off Massachusetts Avenue.  But last night police horses invaded the neighborhood ball field, children were fingerprinted and there was a moonbounce, temporary tattoos and hot dogs and hamburgers for all (there also were many volunteers in the crowd pushing their mayoral candidates). It was the Metropolitan Police Second District holding their version of National Night Out, an event held across the District and across the Nation the first Tuesday in August every year around the District and the Nation to bring local police and their communites together to fight crime.


Officer Kate Fitzgerald finger prints a willing subject


Anna Shirvinski and Hailey who met at the Doggie Parade at Book Hill Park, Georgetown

National Night Out is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back


If babies in strollers could vote, this would be at least one Fenty.