While the escort of actor Charlie Sheen was conducted by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Special Operations Division, if the allegations are correct, several aspects of this escort were not within policy. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
- It is not our practice to utilize emergency equipment for non emergency situations.
- Members of the MPD generally do not operate in another jurisdiction without the assistance of a partner agency.
- It appears our protocols surrounding the approval of reimbursable details were not followed in this instance.
Additionally, our written policy states that Police vehicles shall be used for escort duty only for the purpose of providing security for the President and Vice President of the United States and such visiting heads of state or their representative who may require extra-ordinary protective measures because of the political conditions which exist at that time, and the Mayor of the District of Columbia. There is a provision that allows for requests to be reviewed on a case by case basis, but the submission must go through the chain of command and be approved by an Assistant Chief.
This matter is under investigation by the MPD Internal Affairs Division.