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City’s Police District Boundaries Realigned; PSAs Reduced in Size, More Added

Effective January 1, 2012, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) police district and patrol service area (PSA) boundaries have been realigned to better account for current and projected future imbalances in district and patrol area workloads.

According to MPD Chief Kathy Lanier, “The goal of the boundary realignment is to improve police service to the city.” At the recent press briefing announcing the changes, Chief Lanier cited DC’s increased “business and residential development and the thriving tourist and entertainment areas throughout the city, [along with] workload in the police districts [that] has shifted significantly since the last boundary realignment was done in 2004” as having prompted MPD to undertake last year’s study that led to the redrawing of the boundaries of the seven police districts based on an evaluation of crime, calls for service, development and road-construction plans, and community concerns among other factors.

With these realignments, along with the reduction in size of the PSAs and an increase in their numbers from the present 46 to 56, it is expected that crime and calls for service will be distributed almost equally among the districts.

For complete details, visit to see the Police Boundary Realignment Plan that had been presented to the city council on July 6, 2011; for large, downloadable maps of each realigned police district, visit and find the district of specific interest listed under the “New Police District Maps” header.