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METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT

Cathy L. Lanier
Chief of Police

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
Gwendolyn Crump
Director

Statement
F OR I MMEDIATE R ELEASE
Contact: Public Information Office
August 31, 2015

Statement from Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier


I am not interested in responding to or commenting on the anonymous online survey conducted by
the Fraternal Order of Police. But I will defend the work of the members of this agency. I will
continue, as I have done in the past, to provide statistics and analysis of crime that are factual and can
be verified as evidence that our members are extremely effective.
According to our morning report today, MPD took 34 illegal guns off the streets of Washington, DC,
this weekend alone and reduced violent crime by 39% compared to the same weekend last year. I am
keenly aware of the inconvenience schedule changes cause our members and their families, and
sincerely appreciate, that in spite of this inconvenience, they continue to work hard to take violent
offenders off our streets to protect the citizens of the District of Columbia.
As the Chief of Police, I will continue to make the tough decisions that need to be made to make
Washington, D.C. the safest city in America.

Cathy L. Lanier
Chief of Police

M ET RO PO LIT AN PO L IC E D E P ART M ENT


300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 5130

Washington, DC 20001
www.mpdc.dc.gov

Government of the
District of Columbia