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10-31-11, 08:35 PM #1
"All Hands on Deck" effort to blanket Washington DC with every available police officer working back-to-back shifts on designated weekends gets mixed reviewsThe All Hands on Deck program, which wrapped up its fifth year of operations late last month, is a constant source of public debate largely played out by law enforcement leaders. Considered a key component of Lanierís crimefighting strategy, it has been challenged in court by the police union and is unpopular with some officers.
The department has had every available officer work back-to-back shifts on designated weekends since 2007. Lanier describes the program as proactive policing that deters crime during times when it has historically spiked.
That position has led to repeated clashes with Kristopher Baumann, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police, who characterizes it as a public-relations stunt. Some rank-and-file officers, meanwhile, complain that the temporary reassignments impact their regular investigations.
The matter has gone to court, with an arbitrator ruling that two 2009 All Hands deployments violated the police union contract and ordering the city to pay overtime expenses. That amount, which Lanier estimates at between $300,000 and $400,00, is another point of contention.
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