Public Safety

When prevention, policing, and prosecution are all working together, we can make a tangible difference in improving public safety.

I’ve introduced legislation aimed at growing the police force through the Cadet program, enhancing homicide investigations with support for witnesses who testify, and fixing D.C.’s failing 911 dispatch. I also backed three significant public safety bills, including the Secure DC Omnibus.

I have championed efforts to remove firearms from our streets and authored D.C.’s red flag law to curb gun violence.

In the last budget, I secured more than $4.5 million to bolster public safety initiatives in Ward 1. These will support the deployment of safety ambassadors, community navigators, traffic control officers, and substance use disorder outreach programs.

Tackling root causes is essential. I’ve prioritized prevention efforts, and worked to address issues like homelessness, hunger, and truancy, which often precede involvement with the legal system.

Councilmember Nadeau sent the following letter to the City Administrator and the Director of the Office of Unified Communications on Tuesday to express her deep concern over the 911 dispatch center's ongoing failure to dispatch assistance where it is needed. She called the failures "alarming and unacceptable."
Traffic safety is public safety. Working together with DPW, we are making it harder to be a dangerous driver in D.C.
Over the past year, my Council colleagues and I have been laser-focused on improving public safety in the District. Every Ward 1 resident deserves to feel safe in their home and their neighborhood. I’d like to provide you with this update on my work in this critical area.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau, D-Ward 1, joined by Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, introduced legislation Monday to address the proliferation of mopeds in D.C. by making sellers and renters of mopeds responsible for registration requirements, similar to the experience of buying or renting a car.
Reflecting on the decline in crime rates, it's clear that many entities have played a role. Here are some of the things, in multiple agencies, that have taken place since last summer.
Nadeau amendment requires evaluation of witness assistance programs to support testimony leading to convictions
DC must fix 911. Residents expect help in life-threatening situations to be fast and accurate. Dispatchers send help to the wrong address; help comes too late; people wait on hold for five mins. Now OUC is withholding information and not being transparent.
Our community is understandably concerned about the rise in shoplifting over the past year, how this crime is being addressed, and the impact it has on our sense of safety and community. I take shoplifting and the reselling of stolen goods very seriously and have worked together with police, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, and business owners to address these issues.
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