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Lanier Announces Appeal Filed in "All Hands" Ruling

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said that the Metropolitan Police Department filed legal papers today asking a federal arbitrator to reconsider the decision that the "All Hands on Deck" program must cease.

Arbitrator John C. Truesdale ruled Sept. 9 that the program violated the police union contract and city law, agreeing with the legal position of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1, which filed the case under the leadership of Chairman Kristopher Baumann. Under the program, which has been a centerpiece of Lanier's community policing strategy, all available officers are assigned patrol beats throughout the city for three consecutive days at various times during the year. Its purpose is to allow officers to interact with residents and prevent crime.

In today's filing, the police department asked to be allowed to present additional testimony and evidence on the program's effectiveness and necessity.

In a statement, Lanier said that each of the previous six "All Hands" weekends this year resulted in crime reductions. "I will continue with this initiative," she said. Two more are scheduled for November and December. In the same statement, Attorney General Peter Nickles said he was confident that the city would prevail in its appeal. But if it is denied, the department will take the case to the Public Employee Relations Board, officials said.

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  September 18, 2009; 6:21 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Taking her issue to PERB? This is hilarious! The mayor refused for two years to nominate individuals for PERB(lawless) and when he did, he chose individuals that were totally unqualified to serve. Finally with his back against the wall, there is a quorum for PERB. PERB has a serious backlog thanks to Fenty's antics. Look whose trying to run to PERB now!! THE CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER and PETER NICKLES! I guess PERB is Ok if it can serve Uncle Petey's needs. Take a ticket and stand in line. Nobody in this administration can ever be wrong. That's why they are wrong for the people.
The unions position: No crime emergency was declared. Police officers have duty schedules. When AHOD was implemented, that meant duty schedules plus extra. That's overtime. According to the union, they weren't paid. Who wouldn't fight for that? The arbitrator chosen was mutually agreed upon. Somebody had to lose. According to the arbitrator, it wasn't just the contract, they violated city law. They'll keep fighting and in the meantime who pays for yet another mistake? Taxpayers!!!!!

Posted by: candycane1 | September 19, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Chief Lanier seems to be no better than Fenty, Rhee, Nickles or Ghandi and let's not even get started on Neil Albert. The Police Dept/Union had every right to stop the "All Hands On Deck" This is just a PR move for Lanier. The real work is done everyday by our Police Officers, not just on the "All Hands on Deck Days".The District needs new leadership in all departments. We need a Mayor that cares about DC and that is not Fenty.

Posted by: DCWatcher3 | September 19, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

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