If the producers of C-SPAN and the Real Housewives franchise created a reality show about local politics, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E would be the pitch. Monday’s episode featured Metropolitan Police Department Lt. John Hedgecock flattering fake ID craftsmen and a spirited defense of the Nation’s Triathalon. Of course, drunken students and Philly P’s also made appearances.
I wanted to look up crime statistics, but my laptop was stolen
Crime is down 10 percent from last year, according to Hedgecock. (And yes, that includes the recent thefts on and off campus.) Although there have been six more street robberies, the number of burglaries has decreased.
Lame-duck Commissioner Aaron Golds (COL ’11) asked Hedgecock about the recent crime wave around campus, specifically mentioning last week’s attempted abduction of a student. Hedgecock’s response referenced similar crime waves at American University and Catholic University.
“We are examining them to see if there is any link,” he said.
An audience member also asked Hedgecock about police action against drunkenness and public disorderliness. Inconsistent enforcement, Hedgecock said, makes it difficult to crack down on certain problems, such as under-age drinking.
“These fake IDs, they are really good,” Hedgecock said.