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Protect DC gives friends, family opportunity to report someone who may become violent

In the wake of the deadly shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado, the District wants to give people a chance to report someone before they become violent.

WASHINGTON — On the heels of the tragedy at Club Q in Colorado, back here at home, the District has a new program to help people on the brink of a violent outburst.

It's called Protect DC.

Christopher Rodriguez is the Director of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA). He says the program is more than a police response.

"If anyone – family – friends – believes that someone could be on the path to violence – again, there are resources on our website: protect.dc.gov. They should report that. And really make sure that we're getting people the help that they need," Rodriguez told WUSA9.

According to the website, "Protect DC is committed to reducing violence within the District of Columbia, by providing a safe and anonymous way for community members to submit any concerns about their safety or the safety of others."

Protect.dc.gov is more of a preventative program. In an emergency, people should still call 911.

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