D.C. Police Department Under Siege
Ramsey Pledges a New Beginning.
Charles H. Ramsey, a former top Chicago police official, was sworn in as the District's 28th police chief after winning unanimous confirmation by the D.C. Council. He becomes the first outsider to lead the department in three decades.
Ramsey Vows Quick Change in D.C. Police.
D.C. Police Chief-designate Charles H. Ramsey, in five hours of questioning before a D.C. Council committee, offered no substantive remedies for the city's troubled police force, but promised: "Things will change, and they will change for the better. And I think you'll see that in a very short period of time."
Confronting the Enemies Within.
The conditions in the 4th District building are among the worst in the D.C. police department's seven district stations, and they are among the long-ignored problems awaiting Charles H. Ramsey, Mayor Marion Barry's nominee to be police chief.
Murder of Childhood Pal Shaped Police Nominee's Commitment.
Charles Ramsey's mandate will be to cut wasteful spending, enhance training, improve record-keeping and clear away deadwood. But he said he won't measure success or failure in administrative terms. He'll judge his performance by the fate of kids like Tony Brown, a Chicago friend murdered in 1965.
No Quick Fixes, Ramsey Says.
Charles H. Ramsey, a top Chicago police official chosen to head the beleaguered D.C. police force, said yesterday that he will resist making quick fixes to the department and will focus instead on "systemic" problems, promising substantive management changes that will make the force a better one for years to come.
City Offers Chief's Job to Chicago Policeman.
D.C. officials have offered the city police chief's job to Chicago Deputy Police Superintendent Charles Ramsey, who plans to fly to Washington today for an afternoon news conference, sources familiar with the job offer said.
Leading Police Chief Candidate Withdraws.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Richard Pennington abruptly withdrew from the race to become the District's next police chief hours after he was attacked by Sen. Lauch Faircloth (R-N.C.) as an "insider" who would be unable to "clean house."
Half of Officers Lack Firearms Certification.
At least half of the District's 3,600 police officers are not certified to use their weapons, a breach of regulations so grave that department administrators began sending officers to the firing range before dawn yesterday to test them, a D.C. Council member said.
Three Still in Running for D.C. Police Chief.
The search for a D.C. police chief is down to three candidates, with a decision possible as soon as March 31, sources familiar with the selection process said.
D.C. Police Fail to Use $11 Million in Funds.
The D.C. police department failed to spend more than $11 million in grant money and other funds provided to the beleaguered force last year even as some officers went without equipment and residents complained about poor service.
Calm Amid the Storm.
Not one for lengthy consultations with advisers, interim police chief Sonya T. Proctor has enjoyed a very successful law enforcement career marked by an aggressive independence.
Interim D.C. Chief Defends Dismissals.
As the outcry from elected officials and others grew heated, Interim Police Chief Sonya T. Proctor defended her authority to replace commanding officers and openly hinted that her weeding-out process was not complete.
Barry Questions Ouster of Commanders.
D.C. Mayor Marion Barry vowed to "find out what's going on" after Interim Police Chief Sonya T. Proctor forced out three police commanders. The dismissals prompted angry phone calls to the department from residents and police officers.
D.C. Panel to Launch Police Investigation.
Three weeks after the resignation of police chief Larry Soulsby under an ethics cloud, the D.C. Council announced the formation of a special panel to investigate alleged misconduct in the police department.
Police Chief of National Rank Sought.
The D.C. control board hired an executive search firm to find a new police chief for the District. The ideal candidate would be an African American who had commanded a major law enforcement agency, according to the control board.
Proctor First Woman to Head Force.
Assistant Police Chief Sonya T. Proctor, a native Washingtonian, was tapped to be the acting chief of police while the control board conducted a national search for a successor to Larry D. Soulsby.
Police Problems Festered for Decades.
Confidential consultants' reports obtained by The Post described a police department in chaos. From overtime abuses to lax security at evidence warehouses, the department was suffering the effects of a 20-year decline.
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