A visible and trusted police force keeps all of us safe. To maximize the effectiveness of our hard-working officers, we must use data to drive deployment, promote visibility of officers with foot or bike patrols in crime hotspots, and ask commanders to maintain communication with residents. We also need to improve the effectiveness of our fire and emergency medical response, making sure the agency’s leadership and officers are working together with a common sense of mission.
I had an up-close view of our public safety agencies, including both MPD and D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, when I was a night reporter at The Washington Post. I believe most of our emergency responders want to serve residents with dignity, and we need to make sure they are properly supported. I look forward to working with the fire and police chiefs to have departments that represent and serve our city well.