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  • "Contrary to what the FOP asserts, the ruling was not a directive to discontinue All Hands on Deck. The decision is limited to the 2009 AHODs and thus has no impact on any of the other AHODs." - Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier in a statement issued Monday.

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  • "The entire membership is tired of the department only following the rules when they want to follow the rules," said Officer Kristopher Baumann, who heads the Fraternal Order of Police's labor committee, which represents Metropolitan Police officers. "The District and the department have not followed the rules."

    Police union slams Lanier →

  • Kristopher Baumann, who heads the labor committee that represents Metropolitan Police officers, said he thinks the department doesn't offer sufficient benefits to attract enough officers to reach the goal.

    D.C. police chief plans five more full-force shifts →

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