Title created by ACMA staff from title and interview location transcribed from physical asset.
The collection, Street Interviews, contains a series of interviews conducted with locals at various locations around Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia neighborhood between April 3 and July 27, 1972. The five areas of focus for the street interviews include housing, unemployment, education, crime, and drugs. Interviews were conducted by James Campbell with Vilma Beraroucci running the camera. Most of the interviews were transferred to VHS in August 1990.
James Campbell interviews the Commander of the 7th police district, Lieutenant in charge of VICE unit, Lieutenant in charge of casual clothes and scooter units, and Crime Analyst about drug and criminal activity in the 11th Precinct of Washington, D.C. The Commander also speaks of the development of the 7th district, which became operational on August 8, 1971; the implementation of more police officers, patrol vehicles, and detectives reducing crime on average of 25 percent per month; and when a resident should contact the police. The Lieutenant in charge of the VICE unit talks about police procedures for investigating and arresting those involved in drug activities, and stresses the police can only control drugs with the help of the community. The Crime Analyst explains the crime statistic maps, including the current major crimes occurring in the district and analyzing crime patterns.
Interviews and b-roll footage of interior of police precinct. Part of Street Interviews. Recording stops suddenly at 003319. Dated 19720519.
Street Interviews: 11th Precinct, Record Group 09-024, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
African American neighborhoods
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