Washington, D.C., Police Chief Charles Ramsey is defending his taking a week-long Mediterranean cruise during the city’s “crime emergency,” reports the Washington Post. The vacation angered the police union and some rank-and-file officers. “People accuse me of a lot of things, but not working hard is not one of them,” Ramsey said, noting that this was his second vacation since taking the job in 1998.
Officer Kristopher Baumann, chairman of the D.C. police labor committee for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1, has received calls daily from officers angry about the chief’s time off. “It’s a crime emergency, and we need him here as a leader,” Baumann said. Ramsey declared the crime emergency July 11 because of a rise in homicides and robberies. When the crime emergency started, robberies were up by 14 percent compared with the same period last year. As of yesterday, robberies were up 8 percent.