The men and women of the DC Police Union wish everyone a healthier and happier new year!
D.C. Police Union We are the union for the approximately 3600 officers, detectives, and sergeants who make up the Metropolitan Police Department in the District of Columbia.
Our team has many years of active law enforcement experience. No one knows the dangers and the difficulties faced by today’s police officers better than other officers, and no one knows police officers better than the District of Columbia Police Union. While our officers are committed to protecting all of us, we are committed to helping and protecting them. We are the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities.
The men and women of the DC Police Union wish everyone a healthier and happier new year!
Happy Kwanzaa to all celebrating!
During this unusual holiday season, where many people can’t be with those they care about, our @DCPoliceUnion members are still out there keeping DC safe. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. #MerryChristmas2020
DC Police Union Statement on Appointment of Chief Contee.
The DC Police Union would like to wish all that celebrate, a happy and blessed Hanukkah.
79 years ago, 2,403 Americans lost their lives on a day that will live in infamy. Today, we remember those lives, and the heroes their generation created. #PearlHarborRemembranceDay
DC has now reached 187 homicides for 2020. This is a 12 year high, beating the 186 we saw in 2008. Tragically, we will likely pass 200, which is a number we have not seen since 2003. With the passage of one Bill, @CMCharlesAllen has sent us back two decades in reducing homicides.
How it started and how it is going.
Tim was one of the best detectives in CID. His father was also a detective that worked nearly 45 years for MPD. Tim was a stand up guy that always held his ground. We are all still reeling from this news. The MPD has lost a true detective today and he will not soon be replaced.
The Metropolitan Police Department confirmed Timothy Francis had served for 20 years with the department
We wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. We’re thankful that so many citizens support us. We’re also thankful for our members who go out everyday and keep this city safe, especially those who are out there today away from their families. #HappyThanksgiving
Congratulations to all the @DCPoliceUnion members who were promoted to Detective Grade I today!
Listen to Chairman Pemberton on WMAL discussing violence that occurred during last weekend's demonstrations.
YTD Homicide totals:
NYC ⬆️ 38%
Chicago ⬆️ 55%
LA ⬆️ 25%
Minneapolis ⬆️ 45%
Seattle ⬆️ 36%
DC ⬆️ 20%
What do all the cities have in common? Newly enacted legislation that shuts down responsible policing.
Today, @DCPoliceUnion salutes #Veterans, especially those who also serve @DCPoliceDept and the citizens of DC. #VeteransDay2020
The Marine Corps has a special place in DC with its installations, barracks, and Marine One hangar. We would like to salute all the Marines here in DC especially those that are members of
serving and protecting our city. #HappyBirthdayMarines
DC Police Union Chairman Gregg Pemberton addresses dangerous MPD policies and divisive comments made by Council Member Charles Allen.
The DC Police Union complaint officials delayed allowing officers handling the disturbance at the 4th district station this week to change into riot gear and it resulted in injuries to officers that might have been prevented. The protests outside the station began Wednesday after Karon Hylton, a mop...
Listen to Chairman Pemberton discuss riots and injured officers at 4D.
Never forget @DCPoliceDept Officer Paul Dittamo. Paul lost his life protecting the citizens of the District of Columbia. His wife was pregnant at the time of his death, he was never able to meet his son.
Police Officer Paul Dittamo was killed in an automobile accident while responding to assist an officer who was struggling with a suspect high on PCP.
DC Police Union Statement on Unrest at the 4D Station
Members: Please click http://dc.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=17&event_id=4539 to see Chairman Pemberton testify in front of the Committee on Judiciary & Public Safety.
Live and Recorded Public meetings of Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety, Public Hearing, Charles Allen, Chairperson for District of Columbia
Reminder: Sergeant Gerard Lee's funeral ceremony will be held this week. If you are planning on attending but do not know the specific time and location please contact your Chief Steward.
19 years ago, 60 police officers (37 PAPD and 23 NYPD) lost their lives trying to save people from a terrorist attack. We haven’t forgotten, have you? #NeverForget
Click the link below to read an interview with Chairman Pemberton on the Daily Caller.
'Cities around the country get serious about arresting those responsible for these crimes and that the prosecutors and courts hold them accountable'
Today’s holiday was created by the labor movement to honor the hardworking American. Thank you to all the @DCPoliceUnion members who keep DC safe. Especially those that are on the street today keeping our #LaborDay safe and happy. If you’re enjoying a day off today-thank a Union.
Many thanks to @DDOTDCDirector @DDOTDC for the prompt reply to the request from the @DCPoliceUnion and @DCPoliceDept @ChiefNewsham to make these corrections. Your support of our fallen officer and his family is much appreciated.
“@DildineWTOP @PMcHugh_DC @311DCgov @DDOTDCDirector The signs honoring Officer Kevin J. Welsh have been corrected and replaced.”
We’re just glad one of our members stumbled on to this situation and brought it to a peaceful conclusion. This is the responsible and professional policing our members do every day in safeguarding our city and its residents
ABC7 reporter Sam Ford was near the Kendall Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon when he and the photojournalist he was with heard a crash, then screaming. As they turned and looked at the intersection and Southern and Branch Avenue, SE, they saw a greenish Chevrolet Tahoe hitting a black Lincoln Town C...
On Sunday, August 30, off duty MPD Officer Luis Alcantara and 3 family members were involved in a car accident in Maryland. They were struck head-on by a vehicle that failed to maintain his lane. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
On Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 8:30 pm, off duty MPD Officer Luis Alcantara and 3 family… Anabel Rodriguez needs your support for Alcantara Family Relief Fund
FLSA Lawsuit to Recover Overtime Damages for Those Receiving Hazard Pay
When the city authorized a "hazard pay" stipend in April, the DC Police Union notified MPD that the stipend needed to be included in each member's hourly rate in order to properly calculate thier overtime rate. This calculation is required under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Initally, MPD agreed to include the calculation, but later recanted and is refusing to provide the correct compensation. Now, each member who has worked overtime during the period of emergency has not received the correct amount in their hourly overtime rate.
The DC Police Union is now pursuing a lawsuit to recover damages resulting from the District of Columbia’s unlawful failure to include hazard pay in the calculation of the overtime rate. This lawsuit aims to compensate each member in the amount they should have received. The Union is seeking to get you the money that you earned.
We have retained the law firm McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP, which specializes in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) cases for public sector employees, to handle the lawsuit. For example, this law firm successfully represented the NYPD Police Sergeants, supported by their union the SBA, in an FLSA case recovering over $40 million dollars.
In addition to backpay, we are seeking an equal amount as liquidated damages. The case is being funded by your Union so there is no cost to participate. Nonetheless, and importantly, under the rules of the overtime law that was violated – the Fair Labor Standards Act – you must complete a consent to sue/retainer form to participate.
To be eligible to participate in the lawsuit, you must: 1) have been employed by the Metropolitan Police Department at any point since January 1, 2020; 2) be a member of the D.C. Police Union; and 3) you must have both received hazard pay and have worked overtime since the District began paying hazard pay.
If you would like to participate in the lawsuit please contact your Chief Steward for more information.
Listen to Chairman Pemberton discuss rioting and violence downtown, as well as DC Council and new legislation on WMAL’s Mornings on the mall.
Today at 8:05 AM Chairman Pemberton will be interviewed on WMAL 105.9 FM “Mornings on the Mall" concerning the violence against DC police officers over the past few days.
One of our members was transported to the hospital last night with vision loss after a rioter directed a laser into his eye. This is the sixth officer hospitalized since Thursday night.
Management Suspends Article 24 (Scheduling)
Last night there was a group of protesters that showed up at the Third District Station. The situation became violent and 34 arrests were made for rioting.
At 8:42 am, a teletype was published activating a number of CDU platoons and the suspending Article 24 (Scheduling). This suspension of Article 24 is citywide and effects every member. This means the department does not have to abide by scheduling provisions in the contract, e.g., 14 day notice, consecutive days off, or only working one tour per work week.
The Union just became aware of this teletype shortly before it was published. We are currently reviewing the matter and entering into discussions with Management on the details of this deployment.
We will update you when there is more information on how we're progressing. For now, all members should be aware that Article 24 has been formally suspended.
Update on Legal Challenge to BWC Releases in Superior Court
Yesterday, there was a initial hearing for the Union's challenge to a provision in the new police reform law that mandates the release of BWC footage and the officer's name within 5 days of the incident.
In this hearing, we requested a temporary protection order that would restrict this law from going into effect. The argument stated that releasing such information puts an officer's safety at risk, citing many other decisions where the DC Court of Appeals agreed.
Judge Puig-Lugo expressed concerns that the new law exposes officers to privacy violations as well as threats to an officer’s physical and mental well-being. It was also notable that the Judge had concerns about how officers did not have the ability to challenge the release of BWC footage.
While the Judge did not ultimately grant the restraining order, it appeared that he sought more concrete information about how these threats can occur. The Union will have another attempt to prevent this policy from going into effect at an hearing requesting injunctive relief in a few weeks.
The Union is prepared to provide the Judge with that information and we believe that he will agree with our arguments and grant our request for an injunction at the next hearing.
DC Police Union addresses difficulties recruiting new officers.
Before protests and COVID-19 cities across America were struggling to recruit new officers. Now it’s a growing crisis. “What makes our job more complex now is the atmosphere that we have,” says Betsy Smith with the National Police Association. Movements to defund the police also sc...
The DC Police Union is sad to announce that Officer Michael Ashley passed away this afternoon from the injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident that occurred last fall.
Officer Ashley served in the United States Marine Corps before joining the Metropolitan Policd Department as a a reserve officer. Officer Ashley then became a full time Officer with MPD and worked in the 3rd District as a patrol officer. Officer Ashley was then transferred to the Gun Recovery Unit where he was involved in multiple investigations that led to the recovery of illegal firearms from the streets of DC.
Officer Ashley is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Information on memorial arrangements will be shared when they become available
The District of Columbia Police Union, Fraternal Order of Police, Metropolitan Police Department Labor Committee (FOP) is composed of the approximately 3600 police officers, detectives and sergeants of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. As police officers and members of a bargaining unit, we are unique in the working world. At the very core of our organization, our bylaws, is a commitment to not only our members, but to the public as well. As an organization, we are dedicated to improving law enforcement, protecting the public, and professionalizing the Metropolitan Police Department. At the same time, we have, through legislation and collective bargaining, created a system in place to protect the interests and working conditions of our members. The system includes the right to bargain, grievance procedures, and legal representation to ensure a fair and equitable working environment for all. The foundation of our success is education, legislation, and community involvement, which will protect our members and guard against the erosion of our rights. Please reflect on how far police officers afforded the privilege of collective bargaining have come. In 1915 when two Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania police officers, Delbert Nagle and Martin Toole, started the first Fraternal Order of Police, officers worked 12-hour days, 365 days a year. We have come a long way and our working conditions are considerably better today. We cannot rest though; we must remain vigilant and strong. Each of us, as police officers and as a member of the FOP must stand up and be on the lookout for abuse, corruption, and violations of our rights or the rights of anyone else. We are the front line, who day in and day out, through blood, sweat, and tears, protect the citizens of the District of Columbia. Be honest with one another, look after your partner, keep your integrity intact, and always keep in mind only through a mutual and united front can we ensure continued success.
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