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From the Mayor’s Office:

Statement on the Judiciary Committee’s Vote to Cut Mayor Bowser’s MPD Package by $6 Million

Today, after the Judiciary Committee of the Council of the District of Columbia voted to cut Mayor Bowser’s proposed Metropolitan Police Department package by $6 million, which is about 20% of the entire package, the Mayor released the following statement:

“I sent to the Council a package that includes the funding necessary to hire 347 officers while also retaining high-quality, experienced officers who already know our community. I want to be very clear: if we can’t do both, we will lose ground and the number of police officers will continue to dwindle. DC residents have been very clear: they don’t want another decrease in the number of officers at MPD. Residents want MPD staffed at the level it needs to keep neighborhoods safe – and we need the whole package to do that. We need the money and the incentives to hire 347 officers and we need the right incentives to keep good officers. You can’t say you’re for hiring police and then cut $6 million from the MPD package.

“Similarly, when we surveyed our school leaders, they overwhelmingly opposed removing School Resource Officers. We know, and people who spend time in schools know, that there are times when support is needed to keep all students safe. We want that support to come from trained SROs who know and have built trusting relationships with our students and who know the school administration and teachers. Again, this is not the moment to be removing these resources from our community.

“On top of all these cuts, the same committee wants to cut 31 correctional officers at a time when our current DOC staff is already stretched incredibly thin to the point that some officers have not had two consecutive days off in almost two years.

“I want Washingtonians to be safe in our neighborhoods, in our schools – no matter where they are, they should be safe. My focus, and the focus of the budget I sent to the Council, is on building a safer, stronger DC.”

From DC Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6), Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, in response to a statement from the Mayor released earlier this evening regarding the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety’s budget recommendations:

“We’re two months out today from an important date in our city, so it’s an obvious choice to try to gin up conflict where there is none. I prefer seeking common ground and keeping politics out of policy.

The budget the committee unanimously moved forward today fully funds every new officer the Chief requested and also creates the region’s most generous signing bonus available for police officers – $20,000. We tripled the funding for officer retention and more than doubled the officer housing assistance program. These aren’t new incentives. Read More

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In reference to an arrest report a resident asked MPD for “more information regarding Arrest #022203260 – “Dogs – Maintain Collar.”

MPD replied: “A subject was previously issued a 61D citation for a non-custodial arrest for not leashing their dog. The subject responded to the Second District and paid the citation.”

2475 18th Street, NW

Update on the D Light Cafe fire from DC Fire and EMS:

“#DCsBravest Fire investigation Unit has made an arrest related to an incendiary fire Jan. 27 at 1875 18th St. NW, a commercial establishment. A joint investigation with @DCPoliceDept led to the identification of the subject, who is charged with arson.

#DCsBravest thank the community for assistance with information that led to the identification of this individual. Arson is a dangerous crime that can cause serious injuries and death, as well as major property damage.”

Ed. Note: Thanks to all who contributed to their fundraiser.

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division announce an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with Intent to Kill a Metropolitan Police Officer while Armed (Gun) offense that occurred on Sunday, January 23, 2022, in the 1300 block of Spring Road, Northwest.

At approximately 8:58 pm, on-duty, uniformed MPD officers were on patrol in the 1300 block of Spring Road, Northwest. The officers attempted to make contact with an adult male at this location. As an officer was exiting the vehicle, the suspect fired a handgun multiple times towards the officers. The suspect then fled the scene. An officer was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Read More

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From MPD:

“Robbery and assault are serious crimes. While money is often the motivation, these incidents are considered crimes of violence because they involve the threat or actual use of physical violence. The basic rules of prevention are to be sensible and to be alert. The following tips will also help reduce the risk of robbery or assault.

Personal Safety Tips on the Street Read More


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