Chief Lanier Continues to Push for "All Hands on Deck"

Friday, Aug 12, 2011  |  Updated 4:14 PM EDT
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Lanier Continues Push for "All Hands on Deck"

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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier

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Despite a court ruling against the “All Hands on Deck” initiative for a second time earlier this week, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is still pushing for the program.

The program creating periods when all police officers must work regardless of their duties is designed to combat what Lanier calls “violent crime spikes.”

But a labor board ruled against the measure, saying the overtime needed to pay the officers would reach millions of dollars.

Late Wednesday night, Lanier sent an email to every police community email list, saying, “This initiative requires a minimal time commitment, requires no overtime and allows the officers to maintain two days off during the AHOD week. Lastly, only a small number of officers are impacted by the AHOD.”

Fraternal Order of Police Chairman Kristopher Baumann replied shortly after Lanier, writing, “No matter how the Chief tries to spin the issue, the fact is that the FOP has defeated the Chief twice on the issue of AHOD.”

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