Washington, D.C., which already has one of the nation’s highest ratios of police officers per population, will get 175 more under an informal agreement between the City Council and Mayor Anthony A. Williams. The Washington Post says many of the new employees will bolster the city’s languishing neighborhood patrols.
The agreement is contingent on a promise by Williams and Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey not to divert the money for the extra officers to other priorities, as they have done in each of the past several years.
The additional officers would increase the city’s police force to 3,800 officers by October 2004.
The Williams administration indicated a new willingness to devote 60 percent of officers to community patrols. A police staffing report from April 11 showed that 2,009 of the department’s officers, about 55 percent, were deployed to the city’s 83 police service areas. Of those, 1,534, or 76 percent, actually were available for duty, and the rest were on extended sick leave or military duty or detailed to other responsibilities.