More Props for MPD

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“Dear PoP,

I was having dinner at Thai Tanic Tues. night in Columbia Heights and ironically enough talking about a friend that got mugged on 17th and R and how odd it was in that area which is considered “safe” when I see a guy on the street casually walking by the brick wall there at Allegro and he leans over the wall and casually picks up a girls purse off the table and just strolls on down the sidewalk like nothing happened. At first it did not register that he was actually stealing her purse, then she yelled at him and it kicked in that this is actually a theft going on in front of me. Long story short several people started chasing the guy down, and out of nowhere two of DC’s finest came running up behind us and helped run the guy down. They were in plain clothes but had their badges, they said they were on a bus going by and saw us chasing somebody so they had the bus stop and let them off. Had they not done that he would have gotten away with it. I know we give DC’s cops hell quite often, and to be honest there are some slack moments in the service : ) but you know what, sometimes they shine too. I have had several conversations directly with the Police Chief this week via her personal posted email and she has been quick to respond and quick to help, as busy as she must be at her level. I want to be sure to take the chance to say, MPD, for all the good apples you have, thank you for your service, you are appreciated. This week you have restored my faith.”

On top of the heroism of MTPD this was a great week for law enforcement!

17 Comment

  • Agreed on Chief Lanier’s responsiveness. I sent her an email during Police Unity week about out of town motorcycle cops playing tourist on the mall on their official motorcycles.

    She responded immediately. Bravo Chief Lanier.

  • Awesome news. Props to those officers!

  • Sorry to say it will take more than this to restore my faith! But it’s nice to see that the MPD are occasionally good for something (something I honestly can’t say about all the police here in Fairfax County).

  • The letter writer should post this on the 3D and 3D-Substation listserves or write a letter to the Chief. Seriously! It’s always nice to have good work recognized 🙂

    Heh, captcha: dis barbaric

  • houseintherear

    It’s amazing how right-place-at-the-right-timeness goes down as “heroic” every time when MPD is involved. (But maybe I’m just bitter because of the three separate stop signs I saw run by cruisers yesterday alone, and the one cruiser in my neighborhood two days ago that cut me off and almost ran over my dog while the officer talked on their mobile.)

    • its very simple. when your job entails putting your life on the line every single time you go to work, we’ll call you a hero too.

      • Loggers have a higher on-the-job fatality rate than cops. Commercial fishermen, cab drivers, miners: all more dangerous than being a cop. They’re all honorable and necessary professions, but heroic?

        Police taking action to apprehend a criminal is called “doing the minimum legally required of your profession.” It’s not heroism per se.

        Heroism would be when a police officer chooses not to shoot someone who’s holding what might or might not be a weapon, because the police officer believes that safeguarding a possibly innocent citizen’s life is more important than the police officer’s own personal safety.

        Heroism would be when a police officer bucks peer pressure and reports his fellow officers who commit illegal acts, despite the certain knowledge that he will be shunned and that response to any of his future calls for backup might be a little slow.

        That would be heroism. And it ain’t part of the modern American police culture.

        • Having a high fatality rate in your profession does not equate you to being a cop. We all have our issues with the cops now and then, but in a city like DC, doing your job professionally and honestly as a cop in DC DOES make you a hero in my book.

        • This is ridiculous…prostitution is one of the most dangerous professions, but I doubt anyone would call them “heros”.

    • What drives me crazy is when people equate cops to those that have served in the military (which, in my opinion, is MUCH more dangerous and difficult and more deserving of respect).

      • You’re saying that being in the military is more dangerous than being a cop? Have you ever worked on a military base like Quantico or worked at the Pentagon? I don’t think that work is as tough as you think it is. There’s a lot of crossover between reservists and cops

  • A few Saturdays ago we were working in the yard when a Sgt came up, introduced himself explained he wanted to get to know the people in his PSA, ackowledged a few issues, explanined solutions they were impimenting, asked if we had questions, handed out cards and walked down to the next house. Has done it a few times now. Great to see.

  • Those plainclothes guys are the real deal and worthy every penny and probably responsible for the majority of robbery busts. Unfortunately, MPD is severely restricted in how many plainclothes it can deploy and under what circumstances. I think that my area would improve enormously if just one skinny white plainclothes officer would walk around and bust people threatening death and violence based on skin color. It may work without the racial context but I wouldn’t know.

    Blame Mendelson for our paltry numbers of plainclothes officers. Vote him out this fall. Please.

  • From my window I actually heard the guy shout about the purse. Good job. This is why I always put mine by my feet.

  • Said it once, say it again: Clark Ray.

  • Similar thing happened at Room 11 a couple of weeks ago. Dude wandered into outdoor seating area and just started taking money off the tables. I think he was chased down by MPD and caught.

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