After reading "Georgetown's Panic Shows Where Power Lives" by columnist Courtland Milloy {Metro, May 24}, I, the chief of police and a native resident of this great city, became angered and appalled. Milloy's article was the lastest in a series of stories covering actions taken by the Metropolitan Police Department as they relate to overtime patrol. But just as Milloy has accused others of contributing to racial polarization, in my view this type of journalism also served to inflame and divide and exacerbate racial tensions in this city.

Milloy's display of conjecture and fabrication is extremely regrettable, particularly in light of the fact that the press holds such an influential and responsible position in this community, a role that demands special sensitivity. Consequently, getting the facts is vital to conveying the truth and objectivity.

Milloy's article makes it appear that the problem occurring in Georgetown was purely racially motivated; clearly, it was not. The police department was accused of playing politics by first canceling and then reinstating Georgetown overtime patrols. Yet Milloy ignored the fairness and evenhandedness that the department exerted in simultaneously discontinuing overtime in other neighborhoods of our city.

Milloy has indicated that Georgetown has received preferential treatment because its white citizens were being assaulted, while at the same time black citizens in the Southeast and Northeast areas of the city were being murdered. This article further presents a misconception that whites are going to receive greater protection from the police than blacks. This is the most irresponsible and baseless presumption I've read in some time.

Articles like Milloy's are not only totally misleading and inaccurate, they also do a grave disservice to every citizen of the city and throughout the metropolitan area. It is time that Milloy obtain all the facts so his readers may decide for themselves as to the propriety of the department's actions.

Two weeks ago, some 40,000 people descended on Georgetown, and a number of incidents occurred as a result of a few people, black and white, getting out of control. The police took action and made several arrests. These arrests were made at the expense of injury to five officers. The fact is this: this department must and will take action to protect all people of this city -- it's our job; it's the oath we've taken.

Through the first seven months of this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, 1989, we expended the following amounts of overtime dollars: $200,999 in Georgetown; $637,646 in public housing; $567,891 for homicide investigations; $9,757,803 in crime beat patrol (drug enforcement in police districts one, three, four, five and seven).

The department did not have its normal overtime detail in Georgetown because of the current fiscal constraints imposed on every District agency.

If any member of our community still thinks that police show greater concern or give greater effort to Georgetown as opposed to other areas, then I say check the facts and look at the record. We concentrate our efforts where the greatest needs exist. We've done this in areas all across the city where citizen have been afflicted by crime, drugs and violence.

Since becoming chief, my top priority has been to control drugs, violence and the murder rate. This is why the bulk of the department's resources, including the restored overtime, have been deployed in the fifth, sixth and seventh police districts.

The recent Georgetown articles have only served as an affront to the men and women of this department who time and time again make sacrifices for the people they protect and serve. We have seen our fellow officers injured and gunned down while protecting citizens of every national origin.

The type of article written by Milloy is a clear example of irresponsible journalism. Not only was it degrading to those of us who wear the blue uniform, it was degrading to every citizen of this city. Such articles tear away at the very social fabric of racial harmony that most citizens of this city are constantly working very hard to mend.

I will not allow the gains we've made in combating crime, drugs and violence to be trivialized by such divisive, inaccurate reporting. Milloy needs to develop a better level of comprehension that will allow him to understand that the "real" power in this city lives in its ethnically diverse residents who are working to build quality and crime-free neighborhoods across this city.

-- Isaac Fulwood Jr. The writer is the District's chief of police.