Charles Ramsey’s days as police chief in Washington, D.C., may be numbered. City Council member Adrian Fenty, who won the primary election last week in the heavily-Democratic capital, says that Ramsey will not be asked to stay for Fenty’s four-year term. The presumptive new mayor said he would not ask Ramsey to “clean out his desk” immediately, calling that an irresponsible approach that could hamper a smooth transition. Fenty criticized Ramsey during the primary campaign, demanding that the force improve neighborhood patrols. He wants Ramsey to put more officers on the streets, instead of in administrative positions, and pay more attention to smaller crimes.
Ramsey said it is difficult for officers to walk their beats while also responding quickly to a call for help. “We’ll have to find a way to get officers out of their cars without losing response times,” Ramsey said. “It’s a challenge. I don’t have the answer yet.”