Ruling Leaves Cloudy Future for DC Police ‘All-Hands’ Initiative


The long battle between police officers and administrators over “All Hands on Deck,” one of Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier's banner initiatives, has heated up again, with millions of dollars and the future of the strategy potentially on the line, reports the city’s Post. Under the program, which is unpopular with some officers, the city is blanketed with cops several times a year. Last week, police were ordered to pay hundreds of officers retroactive overtime. The police labor union says the program is dead, but Lanier plans to proceed with another deployment this weekend.

The city's Public Employee Relations Board says Lanier did not have the authority to change officers' schedules to have them work weekends four times in 2009. The cost of that misstep has not yet been determined but is estimated in the millions. Lanier said she is talking with the attorney general's office to determine whether to appeal the decision. But the ruling also says All Hands on Deck is illegal, according to Kristopher Baumann, Fraternal Order of Police chairman.

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