WASHINGTON - D.C.’s mayor and police chief sat down with FOX 5’s Matt Ackland for an exclusive interview to discuss a number of issues.
During the exclusive interview D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser discussed two proposals that they are standing behind. The proposals will be presented to the D.C. Council on Tuesday to help recruit new officers and retain officers who know the streets well.
One is the Law Enforcement Career Opportunity Act, which will open up the age range that someone can become a cadet.
“One program that’s been very successful for us is our cadet program, it focuses on recruiting D.C. residents for our police force,” Bowser explained. “One thing we are very proud of in our force is that our force reflects our city and we want to continue for that to be the case.”
The other proposal, which is really needed, will add to the Senior Law Enforcement Act. Now, just like other officers, Lanier could have the power to rehire retired supervisors, such as detectives and sergeants at a higher pay rate. This will keep them from going to the private sector or another agency.
Lanier said her major focus right now is keeping these supervisors in place as her department faces a retirement bubble, and this legislation could help.
Lanier and Bowser also commented on the recent violence in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas. They both said they are talking to people on the street and they are also hearing from people on social media.
“I was stopped just yesterday on 14th Street and somebody told me that people in his office were going to see their boss and just were broken down from this feeling of anguish. So it is important for us, the chief and I have had this discussion, that we acknowledge that we know our communities are hurting. It’s also important for us to distinguish the great work that our police department does,” Bowser expressed.
Bowser also pointed out that she fully supports having body cameras on all officers. She said she is making sure that those body cameras are being used when complaints from the community come in.