Chief Lanier sends goodbye/thank you email, introduces interim Chief Peter Newsham

Chief Lanier sends goodbye/thank you email, introduces interim Chief Peter Newsham

MPD Chief of Police Cathy Lanier sent an email to the MPD listservs this afternoon thanking residents for their support, and introducing the new interim chief of police, Peter Newsham. 

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MPD Chief Cathy Lanier resigns

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier resigns

The Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier will resign next month to become the Senior Vice President of Security Operations for the National Football League. The Washington Post carried the news earlier on Tuesday, and just before 2pm, Chief Lanier sent the following email to the MPD listservs:

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Too good to be true: Careful when you buy from Craigslist

Too good to be true: Careful when you buy from Craigslist

MPD reached out to me this week with a story of a deal that sounds too good to be true, and a deal gone bad. And they're asking you to be more careful.

Earlier this week, there was a robbery on the 700 block of Quincy St NW that started with a Craigslist ad for an iPad 2 for only $150. Sounds great, right? They agreed to meet on Quincy Street so the buyer could pay for the iPad. Instead, this happened:

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Chief Lanier shares crime stats and sources

Chief Lanier shares crime stats and sources

Chief Cathy Lanier responded to an email from a resident the other day about the recent surge in violence, and confusion as to the reasons cited by MPD, the Police Union and the media. The Chief followed up today with another email to the MPD listservs with citations for her responses. See her email from August 26th after the break:

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Chief Lanier responds to a resident's email and questions

Chief Lanier responds to a resident's email and questions

Popville posted an interesting email exchange between a resident who lives in MPD's 3rd District and Chief Cathy Lanier. The resident emailed the Chief asking for clarification on a number of items that have been bouncing back and forth in various listservs, police union messages and the news. 

In a series of well-written emails to the Chief, the resident asked for clear answers on the reasons for the surge in violence and homicides, and wanted evidence to back up MPD's publicized answers.

Read more after the break...

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Ward 4 public safety meeting notes

Ward 4 public safety meeting notes

Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd held a meeting at the Fourth District Headquarters last Thursday night, July 23rd. The meeting was an opportunity for residents to get a quick update on crime in the Fourth District and asks questions of Chief Lanier and 4D Commander Manlapaz. 

Brandon opened the meeting by thanking everyone and mentioned that he was now 60 days into his term as councilmember. He called the Public Safety Meeting to make sure residents were able to share their concerns and to discuss the recent uptick in break-ins and robberies in the area.

Read my full notes and see pictures after the break:

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