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.
September 18, 2009; 6:21 PM ET
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