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Residents Upset about Transfer of Police Inspector

Police Inspector Edward Delgado of the Third District was never shy about putting his thoughts into writing and emailing them to residents living in Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan and other Northwest neighborhoods. As the head of the Third District Police Sub-Station, he frequently posted to the neighborhood email list to inform residents about shootings and homicides, while also dispelling Internet myths like police will come to your aid if you put in your PIN number backwards at an ATM during a robbery. "In the event of a robbery give them want they ask for. Don't fight. Money can be replaced a life can not," Delgado wrote.

The Delgado email that caused the most stir, however, was when he urged residents last November to flood the Office of the Attorney General with emails to help ensure that a robber who allegedly struck Columbia Heights 20 times and had been arrested, released and arrested again, would be held in custody after his most recent arrest. In urging the residents to write to Attorney General Peter J. Nickles and his staff (attaching an organizational chart for easy reference) Delgado wrote, "I am concerned that if this person released again he may commit more robberies or worse harm one of you. I find this lack of accountability by the juvenile justice system to be a travesty and a disservice to the community."

Residents loved Delgado's seemingly shared sense of outrage and flooded Nickles's inbox. But Nickles was less pleased, saying at the time, "I haven't touched them, I put them in a pile." And although Delgado had copied top police brass on the messages, so it was clear that they knew what he was doing, after Nickles got upset no one in police leadership would publicly stand behind Delgado.

Last week Delgado was summoned to police headquarters to talk with top police brass, sources said, where he thought he might be told that he was getting a promotion. Instead, sources said, he was demoted to the rank of Captain and reassigned to the Seventh Police Station across the Anacostia River in Southeast.

His last post to the third District email list was on May 28 at 11:48 p.m., to spread the word about a 35-year-old missing woman Peggy Nichols, last seen in Columbia Heights. The next day, Third District Commander George Kucik sent an email to residents asking them to welcome Jacob Kishter, as the new Sub-Station commander. "Inspector Kishter has been on the Department for 19 years and has served in a variety of different units. As a result, he is a well rounded leader who will use his experience to enhance police service in the Third District. His past assignments include Patrol, Vice, Internal Affairs, Forensic Science, and Police Communications." Kishter most recently had been working in Internal Affairs.

Kucik's silence about Delgado prompted several residents to email in response: "What happened?" Kucik stayed mum, but one resident emailed that she had sent a letter to Chief Cathy L. Lanier after learning about Delgado's transfer and demotion. In the true spirit of Delgado, could another email campaign be far behind?

-- Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  June 4, 2009; 6:08 PM ET
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Someone should have told him that incompetence is the key to promotion. By being too good for the job, he was obviously showing up his superiors.

Posted by: SocaJam | June 4, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't see this outcome taking place. Nope. No sir.


Posted by: jcbcmb68 | June 4, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

At last a truthful person, and this is the justice that he get's?
That's our District of Columbia
Government at work, Again.

Posted by: onesugar1 | June 5, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

The worst part of this story isn't the retaliatory demotion of a dedicated cop.

The worst part is that the police brass think they can get away with it.

Posted by: DupontJay | June 5, 2009 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Fenty Administration, filled with fire and music and, quiet please, incompetent leadership that punishes initiative, experience and genuine care for resident concerns.

Whats best, you have the opportunity to continue what has been termed the the Fenty Barnum & Bailey for another 4 years in 2010.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 5, 2009 7:26 AM | Report abuse

First, is the Post that hard-up and hiring anybody these days? This is terrible writing. "Promoted residents?" Did you mean, PROMPTED? I may apply for your job.

Second,Delgado is not one of the brightest people and he had all of his eggs in one basket. More like basket case. He got what he deserved given the cards he played. You take risks, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

People have to understand that changes are coming and those at the top are lining up to be the next head honcho. This is causing some strange behavior.

Posted by: LiveontheHill | June 5, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Business as usual at MPD. This story has been played out time and time again. Engaged and involved is a threat to the entrenched bureaucracy, relax, have a donut (have a few) is still the way to play the game.

Lanier is a bad joke. Nichols is a fascist.
Fenty is impotent since MPD probably has the goods on his DL shadow life.

Marie Johns, please phone home.

Posted by: SoCali | June 5, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

We will miss Edward Delgado on our little block in this big world. He may not have been everything to everyone but at least he cared!

It's not over, trust me!

Posted by: jyang26 | June 5, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear about the demotion of a person looking to make a difference. Let's hope he carries that same work ethic to a side of town who needs more like him.

Posted by: SEWDC | June 5, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow another bad decision by the Fenty Administration via the MPD. I wish Officer Delgado the best. Keep your head up.

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | June 5, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I think people should email Nickels (Fenty's best buddy), people in Nickels' office, Lanier and other top brass, i.e., George Kucik (3D's Commander). How dare they demote a person who is doing something above and beyond his "specified duties" in order to help the community just to placate Fenty. I voted for Fenty and he is consistently showing me how foolish I was. Fenty has proven to be a headlines grabbing, arrogant SOB! I truly believe his only reason for getting rid of the old, beat up cars from shops around the city was strictly for the photo op. Inspector Delgado deserves someone (Lanier and other brass) to stand behind him and not give in to Fenty. If they are afraid of retribution, go to the City Council -- Fenty DOES NOT have dictatorial power over DC (no matter what he feels). If we the people won't support civil servants such as Delgado, other people in positions similar to his won't come forward to help us because they will be afraid of retribution -- SUPPORT DELGADO!!

Posted by: ej56 | June 5, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

This guy personified to concept of "community policing". This is the kind of policing the public craves. Holding public official accountable. Good Luck Delgado. You are a rare cop.

Posted by: demtse | June 5, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The Metropolitan Police Department is a horrible place to work. I worked there for a little over six years. (You have to stay for at least five years to get your matching retirement contributions).

There is entirely too much arrogance by top brass who seemingly chase skirts more often than they chase criminal suspects. Good people are abused, demoted, disciplined, and fired by people who "throw their weight around" due to personal slights and vendettas. Senior managers have been involved in illegal, unethical, and immoral conduct and it is swept under the rug.

Former Chief Charles Ramsey got a lot of credit for lowering the crime statistics. I thank former Mayor Anthony Williams who drove people from the poorest districts out of D.C. to P.G. County, Charles County, and Alexandria, VA. Now look at the crime problems in those areas!!

I have been in the military, active duty and reserve, war time and peace time, I have worked for small and large private companies, and for the federal government and I have never seen such poor management in my life. People who have no business making decisions about walking your dog back and forth across the street are running programs.

Elevators in Headquarters still work ocassionally in the building, but when upper management wanted to go on "business" trips they always found the money. They went to San Francisco, Israel, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, etc. But, you can't get bottled water to the employees or the trash picked up daily?!?!?

Of course we all know that the larger problem is that D.C. "Gubment" is a joke! A constant revolving door of quality leaving, while the incompetents and the morons spend there entire careers there!

Mayor Fenty . . . what a disappointment!!!

Posted by: TheChampishere | June 5, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

As an afterthought, send emails to Eleanor Norton Holmes' office. She is, in my opinion, the brightest star of hope this City has had. She seems to be an honest, fair and very diligent worker for the PEOPLE of DC. Ask her to look into what happened to Delgado to ensure he wasn't or won't be railroaded.

And to "LIVEONTHEHILL" -- it has nothing to do with the writers, haven't you ever heard of typos. Delgado may not be one of the "brightest people" I don't know, never met the man. But people who think such as yourself, help the continued behavior of apathy in our society.

Posted by: ej56 | June 5, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Cathy Lanier is the worst police chief since Sonya Procter. Look out guys it Friday which means its time for everyone to gather around to see who gets demoted today via teletype.

Posted by: soquick | June 5, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

BTW, has anyone noticed that most of the officer that are demoted are sent to either 6D or 7D which are two of the most violent districts in the city. I guess this is her way of teaching grown men and women a lesson.

Posted by: soquick | June 5, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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