"Illegal" Beat Goes on for DC Cops

Chief Lanier planning another All Hands on Deck despite legal challenges

By Ashley E. Brown
|  Friday, Oct 9, 2009  |  Updated 12:15 AM EDT
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"Illegal" Beat Goes on for DC Cops

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DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the "All Hands on Deck" initiative will continue, despite legal challenges to the program.

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DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday that the "All Hands on Deck" initiative will continue, even though a federal arbitrator ruled last month that the program violates city law and the department's union contract.

The program puts every sworn officer on the force on 24-hour neighborhood beat patrols during designated weekends.

MPD appealed the arbitrator's decision to the Public Employee Relations Board. Speaking today on WTOP-FM's "Ask the Chief" segment, Lanier said "All Hands on Deck" is a successful crime prevention tool.

"The majority of the officers work on patrol anyway, work on Fridays and Saturdays anyway, and are unaffected by All Hands on Deck," said Lanier.

The next All Hands on Deck weekend is scheduled for mid-November.

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