D.C. launches new way to get alerts for public safety, emergency and justice info

The District’s Public Safety and Justice group has created an official Twitter account so residents, workers and visitors can receive important updates: @SafeDC.

The @SafeDC feed will feature breaking news, updates and other information from Distric

t agencies including the Metropolitan Police Department, Fire and Emergency Medical Services and the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

Paul Quander

Paul Quander

“This is about establishing yet another means of communication for our office to provide the facts on public safety issues to District residents quickly and accurately,” said D.C. Deputy Mayor Paul Quander.

The D.C. Public Safety and Justice agencies under Quander’s authority also include the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Department of Corrections, Department of Forensic Sciences, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Justice Grants Administration, Office of Returning Citizen Affairs, Office of Unified Communications and the Office of Victim Services.

The independent Public Safety and Justice agencies that Quander oversees are the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, D.C. National Guard, Office of Police Complaints and the D.C. Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission.

Quander also oversees the Corrections Information Council.