Please read the Fox5 article at the below link.:
Chairman Baumann contacted FOX 5 on Thursday and asked that they correct several factual errors in the story last night about MPD budget and overtime issues. Specifically, Chairman Baumann pointed out the following inaccuracies:
1) Court Overtime
It was Councilmember Tommy Wells, USA Jeff Taylor, and the FOP that decreased court overtime, specifically the huge drop in court overtime for papering. We started working on this before Lanier was even named Chief. Councilmember Wells spearheaded the push to reduce papering and, in fact, reducing papering time was one of the issues I ran on when seeking office as Chairman.
I have attached a November 27, 2006, FOP Newsletter that shows that the FOP was working on the issue even prior to Chief Lanier being named as Mayor Fenty’s Chief of Police. (I believe Lanier was announced the same week as the newsletter, but the newsletter references a pre-transition report that I had been working on for the Fenty transition team.)
Also, included are FOP News Updates that include a recommendation to end papering, the announcement from Councilmember Wells about the papering reform efforts (including a quote from me), and two FOP Updates requesting members sign up for the council hearings on this issue, and a follow up testimony cover sheet indicating that the Department was actually dragging its feet on this issue.
I would also strongly encourage you to go back and review the hearings (September 17, 2007 and January 10, 2008), so that you can see for yourself how this issue was started and driven forward. It is Councilmember Wells and Jeff Taylor that deserves credit for this issue. The FOP worked with him early on in his tenure to bring this issue forward and the credit for the overtime reduction should go to him.
2) Number of Police Officers
In 2007 we had an authorized strength of 4250 sworn officers, according to the Department we hired up to 4100 in 2008. We now have approximately 3800 sworn officers (the Chief acknowledged last month that we were down to 3850). Currently we are on pace to drop below 3700 by this time next year. There is no way we can say we have not reduced the number of police officers and the number of police officer positions.
3) The Cost of All Hands on Deck
As you know, an arbitrator already ruled AHOD violated D.C. law and our contract – as a result the Department will have to pay penalty overtime to each officer. The estimated cost to the taxpayers for each AHOD is somewhere between $1.5 million (read more) and $4.3 million in penalty overtime (read more). (The city billed the federal government $4.3 million for 3 days of overtime – so that would appear to be the operative number, each AHOD involves 3 days of violations.) That means each year of AHOD (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) is going to cost the D.C. taxpayer somewhere between $10 million and $40 million. So saying there are no costs is just not accurate, the ceiling on the costs is almost $160 million.