19 September, 2009

Motion in All Hands on Deck Ruling

September 18, 2009
Chief Lanier Files Motion in All Hands on Deck Ruling
Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced today that the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has filed a Motion for Reconsideration with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in the All Hands on Deck (AHOD) arbitration ruling.

An arbiter ruled on September 9, 2009 that the AHOD initiative violates District law and labor practices.

Today, MPD filed a motion for reconsideration, charging the Fraternal Order of Police/Metropolitan Police Department Labor Committee (FOP) deliberately concealed a key exhibit upon which the arbitrator relied heavily in directing the MPD to rescind AHOD and pay officers back overtime pay.

“We strongly believe the arbiter reached the wrong decision as a result of misconduct by the Fraternal Order of Police,” said Attorney General Peter Nickles. The Chief of Police is exercising her legal authority to implement All Hands on Deck, and we have every reason to believe the Metropolitan Police Department will prevail.”

Chief Lanier unequivocally stands behind the AHOD initiative which began in 2007, and believes it has aided tremendously in the District’s drop in crime.

“All Hands on Deck is without question a success, and is bearing real results. Crime has decreased citywide during each All Hands on Deck, and I will continue the initiative. It is in the best interest of this city and in the best interest of the people we are sworn to protect. The success of AHOD is due to the dedication and hard work of the men and women of MPD. They make me proud,” said Chief Lanier.

This year, crime dropped 33 percent during the April 24-26 AHOD; there was a 16 percent drop in crime during the June 5-7 AHOD; a 16 percent decrease in crime during the June 26-28 AHOD; a 12 percent decline in crime during the July 10-12 AHOD; a 23 percent drop in crime during the July 24-26 AHOD; and a 2 percent decrease in crime during the August 3-5 AHOD.

The MPD made a total of 2,765 arrests during the six phases of AHOD this year. Other AHODs are planned for November 13-15 and December 17-19.

Today’s motion requests that the MPD be allowed to offer additional testimony and evidence. Should the motion be denied, the decision will be appealed to the Public Employee Relations Board.

See Motion for Reconsideration

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