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Statement of Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier Regarding Arbitration Ruling on All Hands on Deck

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Statement of Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier Regarding Arbitration Ruling on All Hands on Deck

Chief Lanier issues statement on ruling.

Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier stated, “I disagree with the arbitrator’s decision and am confident it will be overturned on appeal.  I announced the dates for the All Hands on Deck a year in advance out of consideration for the officers and their families. The crime emergencies of the past were reactionary, costly and extremely hard on the officers and their families.  Notwithstanding today’s ruling, the All Hands on Deck initiatives will continue pursuant to my authority under both the labor agreement and District personnel law.  As our reduction in violent crimes and homicides this year demonstrates, the initiative is in the best interest of our city and the safety of our residents.  I do intend to appeal today’s decision and look forward to a ruling on the legal conclusions reached by the arbitrator in this action.”<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>