Sunday, February 04, 2007

ANC2F Meeting - Chief Lanier

From Commissioner Reed:

At this month's ANC2F meeting on Feb. 7, Acting Police Chief Lanier is attending to discuss crime and safety issues and to respond to community concerns. Our agenda also includes a number of liquor licensing issues, and a proposed new luxury hotel adjacent to Viridian Restaurant on 14 th Street, and other items.

7 comments:

Jason B said...

A new luxury hotel? Do you have any additional information?

That would truly be great for the neighborhood. That is definitely missing and more out of town visitors will increase foot traffic and store sales.

To me it's another great sign that the 14/U is growing and this should definitely be supported by the ANC.

Jason

Ken said...

I also agree that a luxury/boutique hotel would be great for the neighborhood. Any estimated time for completion?

matthewrhoades said...

Re: Chief Lanier's comments

A neighbor who attended the Wednesday night meeting said Chief Lanier referred to some sort of "volunteer program" where D.C. residents can do paperwork at the police station -- allowing more police officers to go out on the street.

Excuse me?

First, D.C. taxes are very high--which would be okay if we actually got something for them. Second, there are 34,000 city employees: did it ever occur to anyone to reassign some of them to support the MPD?

Nothing against Chief Lanier -- she inherits a mess. But, I find this volunteer program outrageous, almost obscene.

Are D.C. residents ever going to start demanding something from their city government?

matthewrhoades said...

Re: Chief Lanier's comments

A neighbor who attended the Wednesday night meeting said Chief Lanier referred to some sort of "volunteer program" where D.C. residents can do paperwork at the police station -- allowing more police officers to go out on the street.

Excuse me?

First, D.C. taxes are very high--which would be okay if we actually got something for them. Second, there are 34,000 city employees: did it ever occur to anyone to reassign some of them to support the MPD?

Nothing against Chief Lanier -- she inherits a mess. But, I find this volunteer program outrageous, almost obscene.

Are D.C. residents ever going to start demanding something from their city government?

Sgt. Emerman said...

What Chief Lanier was referring to was the MPD Reserve Corps. This unit is made up of regular citizens who volunteer their time to the MPD in various functions. Some of those include assisting on patrol with full service officers, walking footbeats, directing traffic, working special events, and also doing administrative functions within the police stations. By doing these activities, the Department can redeploy the full-duty, sworn officer out to the street, where they can actively patrol and answer calls for service. Let's face it, if you come into the station for a police report because you lost your wallet, or you need a parking permit, do you really care who helps you? You don't mind if they are an unarmed reserve officer and not a full service officer as long as they help you right? All the chief was trying to do was to answer a question that a citizen asked about how they can help the police. Regardless of whether you pay taxes, or even how much you pay, we are sworn to protect and serve you. That includes the rich, the poor, the mansion residents, the poor, all races, and the haves and have nots. You call 911 or 311, and we come. Sometimes it may not be as fast as you like, and that is mainly due to volume of calls, and the resources that the department has. Volunteers and civilians in administrative positions will allow us a faster response time. In addition, I encourage everyone to participate in either a ride-along or to volunteer with the reserve corps. I think that you will find out very quickly that in contrast to your statement, you do in fact get something for your taxes. You get the best that the men and women of the MPD have to offer.

matthewrhoades said...

Sgt. Emmerman - My comments about the volunteer program were in NO WAY aimed athe MPD. Nor do I think that I deserve my police protection if I pay more taxes.

The D.C. police deserves more resources and support from the D.C. Government. You should not have to be begging for civilian or volunteer support in order to get more officers on the street.

My beef is with the D.C. government, NOT with the police. No one is more supportive of you and your fellow offers than me. I am well aware of the problems you face trying to defend us.

With 34,000 city employees, I find it bizarre that private citizens should be asked to "help out."

UNREAL.

Sgt. Emerman said...

Thank you for your clarification on the issue. There are alot of issues within any government and I think that the Chief was just attempting to deal with hers by asking for help from the community. As always, thanks again for the continued support.