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Ward 4 Gets a New Police Commander

A note from Council Member Muriel Bowser from the Petworth Listserv: “ Chief Lanier called to discuss with me a leadership change in the Fourth District. Commander Hilton Burton has been temporarily reassigned. Inspector Linda Gilmore Brown has been named the Acting Commander. Chief Lanier will address Ward 4 residents and introduce the Acting Commander at an Emergency Crime Meeting in Takoma tomorrow.”

Following is a note from Chief Lanier:
Dear Fourth District Residents,

As a result of additional allegations of misconduct that have recently
come to my attention, I have decided that it is in the best interest of
the community and the Department that Commander Hilton Burton be
temporarily reassigned while the investigation is conducted.

Effective today, Inspector Linda Gilmore Brown will be the Acting
Commander of the Fourth District. Inspector Gilmore Brown is a 19-year
veteran of the Department and has spent her entire career at MPD. She
is both responsive and engaged in the community, and she will serve 4D
residents well. Please welcome Inspector Linda Gilmore Brown
([email protected] to this listserv as well.

Thank you.

Cathy L. Lanier

Chief of Police

Thoughts on this? I’m all for some change. Wow, allegations of misconduct? What have I missed? I wish Cmdr Brown the best of luck and hope she supports proper patrols, of the foot or bicycle variety preferably. What are your thoughts on Cmdr Burton being reassigned?

For those interested in the meeting tomorrow the details are after the jump.

Thursday, November 15, 2007
5:45 PM — Community Walk with Councilmember Bowser and MPD Chief Cathy Lanier (meet at Takoma Metro Station)
6:30- 8:00 PM – Emergency Crime Meeting (Takoma Village Cohousing at 6827 4th Street, NW)

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