Saturday, March 08, 2014 7:50 PM
Published on: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
By Tauren Dyson
The annual Unity in the Community Walk will take place Friday.
The event is a crime-prevention community collaboration between Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C., and seeks to foster a strong relationship between the two communities. Participants in the walk will depart from United Medical Center and end at Eastover Shopping Center.
Eastover Shopping Center is in the Glassmanor/Oxon Hill community — one of six targeted areas by the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, a program that employs heavy policing in communities “that face significant economic, health, public safety and educational challenges.”
Since that area is minutes walking distance from Southeast Washington, D.C., much of the crime in the District spills over to the Maryland side. The walk offers a chance for people on both sides of the border to come together and work on solutions to reduce crime in both areas.
The event will offer free food, drinks and dancing once walkers arrive at the destination. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., anyone driving to the walk will be able to park at Eastover Shopping Center where a shuttle bus will provide transportation to the United Medical Center on 1310 Southern Avenue. The walk will begin at 6 p.m.
For more event information, contact the Community of Hope AME Church, 202-273-9115; East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership, 202-0373-5767; Prince George’s County Police Department Sgt. Alfred Moss, 301-749-4900, or Metro Police Department Lt. Guillermo Rivera, 202 698-1500.