Gray’s Proposal for 120 New Cops Won’t Keep Force from ‘Trouble’ Zone
(Washington Examiner) — D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has proposed the city hire 120 officers next year, budget documents show, but that won’t likely be enough to prevent the force from shrinking to a size Police Chief Cathy Lanier has called problematic. “Once we go below 3,800, we’re going to have trouble,” Lanier recently testified during a D.C. Council hearing. The city has been in a hiring freeze and, even though the council passed a bill last year requiring the force to stay at or above 3,900, the department failed to do so. There are currently 3,879 sworn officers on the District’s police force. The $9.5 billion budget proposal Gray sent to the D.C. Council last week calls for hiring 120 officers in the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.