Evans Bill to Require at Least 4,000 D.C. Police Officers
(Washington Examiner) — Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans is planning to introduce a bill Tuesday requiring a minimum of 4,000 sworn D.C. police officers, sources told The Washington Examiner. The move comes one day after The Washington Examiner reported how a push to add 120 officers in Mayor Vince Gray’s $9.5 billion budget proposal would not keep the police force from dwindling to a size Police Chief Cathy Lanier has said would be bad for public safety. There are currently 3,879 sworn officers in the D.C. police department. But Gray’s budget says the city is losing roughly 15 sworn officers a month through attrition. As a result, by the time the new fiscal 2012 money is available on Oct. 1, the force will likely be at 3,807. It takes nearly a year to train new officers, officials said. That means when the 120 officers Gray has proposed hit the street, the force could be well below 3,700, police union chief Kris Baumann estimates.