Oh my: DC Police drops below 3,800 officers for the first time in 10 years

posted at 5:31 pm on January 2, 2016 by Matt Vespa

With homicides surging more than 50 percent this year, it’s probably not a comfort to residents of Washington D.C. that their police force has dropped to its lowest levels in 10 years (via WaPo):

As of Dec. 17, D.C. police had 3,786 officers, according to the mayor’s office, falling from more than 3,929 a year ago. Meanwhile this year, homicides across the District have surged more than 50 percent, and a spike in robberies in some neighborhoods instilled renewed fear of a return to the higher crime rates of the 1990s. Though police say violent crime is at its lowest level in seven years, residents polled put crime at the top of their worries this year.

District police say that they have been unable to keep up with attrition triggered by the retirements of officers who joined the force during a hiring binge in 1989 and 1990. From January 2014 through October, the department lost 764 officers — more than half through retirement — and hired 562.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier did not respond to a request for an interview. But in her last budget memo to the D.C. Council, the chief said that by the end of this year more than half of the command staff, one-third of all lieutenants and detectives and nearly one-third of all sergeants would be eligible to retire. She wrote in a letter to residents posted on the Internet that the departures “present a challenge.”

Yet, the publication noted that 3,800 isn’t a “magic number,” and that city officials have been planning for these waves of retirements within the ranks of the D.C. Police.

In October, the city saw its 130th homicide. In 2014, the city only had 105 homicides. While this year we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of homicides in D.C., the past four years were generally calm (for lack of a better term). There were only 88 homicides in 2012 and 108 in 2011. Yet, 2009 saw 144 homicides, with 2008 being even higher with 186. In fact, if you look at the homicide rates going back to 1995, you’ll see that the District is something of a roller coaster. Sadly, this year may just be one of those where the rate spikes, but it surely doesn’t mitigate the need to keep residents in the city safe.


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Best news of 2016 so far.

Walter L. Newton on January 2, 2016 at 5:36 PM

OT

To keep getting under thug Obama’s thin skin.

Do not call him a “Lame Duck Pres.”.

When in fact he will be a dangerous “Lame Snake Pres.” His last evil year in office.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 2, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Best news of 2016 so far.

Walter L. Newton on January 2, 2016 at 5:36 PM

Matt.

Don’t you hate it when someone tries to rodger the thread right from the git-go?

Walter L. Newton on January 2, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Cops don’t do anything except cost money and kill people anyway. Why NOT have less of them?

rightwingyahooo on January 2, 2016 at 5:41 PM

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fossten on January 2, 2016 at 5:41 PM

couldn’t happen to a better city.

WryTrvllr on January 2, 2016 at 5:43 PM

fossten on January 2, 2016 at 5:41 PM

You broke the HA website.

Walter L. Newton on January 2, 2016 at 5:46 PM

fossten on January 2, 2016 at 5:41 PM

Thread Winner!

ShainS on January 2, 2016 at 5:50 PM

“Who’s we’s gonna tho rawks at now?”

—- Revrums Al $harpton & Je$$e “$hakedown” Jack$on

viking01 on January 2, 2016 at 5:52 PM

So now the citizens have even more need to be able to defend themselves.

Tinker on January 2, 2016 at 5:56 PM

IDontCair on January 2, 2016 at 5:53 PM

That would take me 50,000 tries to get to happen, if even then.

Constitutionalist on January 2, 2016 at 5:56 PM

aren’t these all unionized police with extravagant retirement packages that at some point in time, if not already, will be draining so much from the citizen’s taxes that they will not be able to afford any actual services other than providing for the retired?

Constitutionalist on January 2, 2016 at 5:58 PM

In my town, we have two part time officers. No murders,no shootings, not even a stolen car in 20 years.

rik on January 2, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Sadly, this year may just be one of those where the rate spikes, but it surely doesn’t mitigate the need to keep residents in the city safe.

How are more police going to prevent Iran from dropping on their city a nuke bearing DogEater’s visage and signature?

ShainS on January 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Cops don’t do anything except cost money and kill people anyway. Why NOT have less of them?

rightwingyahooo on January 2, 2016 at 5:41 PM

Not only that, but they also eat puppies and pollute the Earth with doughnut boxes and cigar wrappers. All that puppy eatin’ and Earth pollutin’ makes them tired and they sleep on beds made of babies and kittens.

Mimzey on January 2, 2016 at 6:05 PM

So conservatives are supposed to work up some concern and sympathy for lefty town. WHY???

rik on January 2, 2016 at 6:07 PM

aren’t these all unionized police with extravagant retirement packages that at some point in time, if not already, will be draining so much from the citizen’s taxes that they will not be able to afford any actual services other than providing for the retired?

Constitutionalist on January 2, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Yes. That’s what always happens with anything with the union label. It amazes me that people can’t figure out that unions are ponzi schemes. They’re like parasites feeding on the host that gives them life until the host is dead.

Mimzey on January 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

aren’t these all unionized police with extravagant retirement packages that at some point in time, if not already, will be draining so much from the citizen’s taxes that they will not be able to afford any actual services other than providing for the retired?

Constitutionalist on January 2, 2016 at 5:58 PM

In my small town of 40,000 the unfunded liability for police and firefighter pensions is now over $70 million (not including interest) — and we’re paying more retirees than on-the-job personnel.

ShainS on January 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

This is what the people voted for.
They deserve to get it good and hard.

vityas on January 2, 2016 at 6:10 PM

You mean “pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon” isn’t a good recruiting tool?

#Whodathunkit

Kraken on January 2, 2016 at 6:11 PM

“Lame Cornered Rat” Pres.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 2, 2016 at 6:18 PM

In my town, we have two part time officers. No murders,no shootings, not even a stolen car in 20 years.

rik on January 2, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Yeah, but how many times has the short bus been “borrowed”…

Skip2014 on January 2, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Obama, only Pres. in history to hire some one as sorry and worthless as Lt. For Life John F. Kerry!

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 2, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Declare DC a “gun free zone”. That will solve the problem.

GarandFan on January 2, 2016 at 6:21 PM

But its Obama’s DC – how many police do you need if you don’t plan to arrest and charge anybody there…?

Skip2014 on January 2, 2016 at 6:22 PM

fossten on January 2, 2016 at 5:41 PM

BEST. REPLY. EVER! :-D

xNavigator on January 2, 2016 at 6:23 PM

Yeah, but how many times has the short bus been “borrowed”…

Skip2014 on January 2, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Lost count, but we renuw r huntn purmitts every 10 years

rik on January 2, 2016 at 6:23 PM

…and they sleep on beds made of babies and kittens.

Mimzey on January 2, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Have you ever slept under a kitten fur blanket?

He-ven.

cozmo on January 2, 2016 at 6:23 PM

In my small town of 40,000 the unfunded liability for police and firefighter pensions is now over $70 million (not including interest) — and we’re paying more retirees than on-the-job personnel.

ShainS on January 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

That is pretty harsh for a small town that should have very few such public servants. Depending on how many years out that $70million goes, I calculated it out 20, and it comes out to about $100 per person per year.
Many places are far beyond that amount. Like Detroit.

Constitutionalist on January 2, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Stop senseless violence!

David Burge [email protected] 6h6 hours ago

In 2016 we can help end senseless violence if only we work together to come up with better reasons. #SensibleViolenceNow

IDontCair on January 2, 2016 at 6:29 PM

….I want to look towards D.C. and see a Gigantic Column Of Smoke Rising……..a column of Smoke that can be seen in California……

…. I want to hear the Screams of Humanity echoing across the Nation…….hysterical screams and the sounds of cacophony and destruction……

…..Smoke and Unearthly Human Screams………Neverending……and Wolf Blitzer smiling and telling us that there is no Problem in DC……that every thing is wonderful……that ALL IS WELL!!!

williamg on January 2, 2016 at 6:29 PM

More budget cutbacks.

Kevin D. Williamson [email protected] 7h7 hours ago

I tend to think that this sort of thing should be instituted in the United States. http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/04/04/396621542/without-janitors-students-are-in-charge-of-keeping-school-shipshape

IDontCair on January 2, 2016 at 6:33 PM

….I want to look towards D.C. and see a Gigantic Column Of Smoke Rising……..a column of Smoke that can be seen in California……

…. I want to hear the Screams of Humanity echoing across the Nation…….hysterical screams and the sounds of cacophony and destruction……

…..Smoke and Unearthly Human Screams………Neverending……and Wolf Blitzer smiling and telling us that there is no Problem in DC……that every thing is wonderful……that ALL IS WELL!!!

williamg on January 2, 2016 at 6:29 PM

Hey. I’m in Delaware here.

IDontCair on January 2, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Mimzey and cozmo are here to comment about nothing bc they have nothing to say.

Dumber than boxes of crap.

rightwingyahooo on January 2, 2016 at 6:37 PM

50%

And yet the dominant model of public education is still fundamentally rooted in the industrial revolution that spawned it, when workplaces valued punctuality, regularity, attention, and silence above all else. (In 1899, William T. Harris, the US commissioner of education, celebrated the fact that US schools had developed the “appearance of a machine,” one that teaches the student “to behave in an orderly manner, to stay in his own place, and not get in the way of others.”) We don’t openly profess those values nowadays, but our educational system—which routinely tests kids on their ability to recall information and demonstrate mastery of a narrow set of skills—doubles down on the view that students are material to be processed, programmed, and quality-tested. School administrators prepare curriculum standards and “pacing guides” that tell teachers what to teach each day. Legions of managers supervise everything that happens in the classroom; in 2010 only 50 percent of public school staff members in the US were teachers.

http://www.wired.com/2013/10/free-thinkers/

IDontCair on January 2, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Obama, only Pres. in history to hire some one as sorry and worthless as Lt. For Life John F. Kerry!

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 2, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Even Wilhelm Klink made colonel!

viking01 on January 2, 2016 at 6:42 PM

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!
Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
Beat ’em, Swamp ’em,
Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!

Magicjava on January 2, 2016 at 6:43 PM

good move

the problem will self correct itself

Mr Soames on January 2, 2016 at 6:45 PM

give them a chance to show how they will thrive on their own

Mr Soames on January 2, 2016 at 6:46 PM

Dumber than boxes of crap.

rightwingyahooo on January 2, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Yet still smarter than some right wing yahoo.

cozmo on January 2, 2016 at 6:53 PM

OT: Hillary aids and abets terrorist group by providing ideas for recruitment videos.

Al-Shabaab Releases Recruitment Video Featuring Donald Trump

Oxymoron on January 2, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Have you ever slept under a kitten fur blanket?

He-ven.

cozmo on January 2, 2016 at 6:23 PM

I haven’t tried the blankets made of kitten skin. I oped for the thicker quilt made out of actual kittens. Very nice after you break them in.

Mimzey on January 2, 2016 at 7:22 PM

Mimzey and cozmo are here to comment about nothing bc they have nothing to say.

Dumber than boxes of crap.

rightwingyahooo on January 2, 2016 at 6:37 PM

My…what a compelling case you make.

Mimzey on January 2, 2016 at 7:25 PM

IDontCair on January 2, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Slower Lower or above the ditch?

tdarrington on January 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Well this is what blacks want right?

The Notorious G.O.P on January 2, 2016 at 7:44 PM

It should be noted that last year (I think) officers voted “no confidence in Chief Lanier. Being a highly political environment, any police office who makes a controversial call knows he has the chance of being thrown under the Metrobus for no other reason than to protect some political power monger’s fat ass. The city is too expensive for most police personnel to live within. Why work in such a poisonous place when you can work in a surrounding jurisdiction, afford to raise your family and make more.

And the older officers are getting out while the getting is good.

ironked on January 2, 2016 at 7:47 PM

Well this is what blacks want right?

The Notorious G.O.P on January 2, 2016 at 7:44 PM

Black population of D.C. is below 50%. I think it’s about 49.5 or some such. Whites account for some 43.4% with the remainder is made up of others. Demographics of D.C. have been changing over the last couple of decades. Still overloaded with brain dead liberals though.

Oldnuke on January 2, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Loosen gun laws so more civilians (a.k.a. people paying taxes) can carry and the number of police on the streets can be reduced even further.

Ruckus_Tom on January 2, 2016 at 10:23 PM

Planned Parenthood is like a police force in a way,
A liberal police force
You have the right to remain silent,for ever.

IXXINY on January 3, 2016 at 12:24 AM

Hey DC –you broke it you bought it—this misery is a self inflicted wound.

HatfieldMcCoy on January 3, 2016 at 2:18 AM

Loosen gun laws so more civilians (a.k.a. people paying taxes) can carry and the number of police on the streets can be reduced even further.

The problem with that is most of the people who work in DC and pay taxes live someplace else if they are smart, and already have armed security if they aren’t.

F X Muldoon on January 3, 2016 at 5:59 AM

DC is one city where it would be appropriate to put the military in the streets… But Obama’s sons wouldn’t like that.

ConstantineXI on January 3, 2016 at 7:09 AM

The problem with dhimocrapts and our libruls is that they think that wishes were fishes. Everybody eats. Meanwhile, if their distopia is going to work, they don’t need police because everybody will be deliriously happy. They have already done away with crime by doing away with guns. Aint life easy?

Old Country Boy on January 3, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Now, if only this rate of attrition could be applied to Congress.

vnvet on January 3, 2016 at 10:52 AM

Can I assume this is another city controlled by Democrats?

Pardonme on January 3, 2016 at 3:15 PM

With the tough gun laws in DC, why would you need police? Except to generate income, of curse.

ha_tspc on January 4, 2016 at 1:21 PM

You know they prepared! They ordered twice the number of body bags for the new year….

Mark

mailmars on January 4, 2016 at 3:10 PM