James J. Fyfe and Patrick V. Murphy have come to the aid of mayor-elect Sharon Pratt Dixon and the Metropolitan Police Department {"D.C. Police: Trim the Fat," op-ed, Nov. 27}. They have in effect told the police department to close its eyes, click its heels, count to three and upon awakening it will be in "Rivlinland." This, of course, is a place where the District and its police department in particular should go if either wishes to become efficient and effective and the former financially viable.

Although it was never clearly pointed out in the article, the writers listed numerous shortcomings that the police department has no control over. As a 21-year veteran of the force, I know that budgetary and unnecessary political interference are the two primary culprits that have dogged this department for years. Moreover, the department does not control the hours the court works, dictate collective bargaining agreements or fully control officer overtime for court appearances, which is mandated by law and has been in existence for years. Surely, the writers must know that the recent added police strength was as much a request of Congress as it was of the District.

The department has made numerous requests to replace or upgrade its technology from weapons and radios to computer systems. The writers should know this and should know that the department was never a favorite of Mayor Marion Barry.

The police department is not perfect and certainly needs to improve in several areas. But the picture portrayed by Messrs. Fyfe and Murphy -- that the department is bloated and inefficient -- is an injustice to the former and present chiefs of police and indeed to the men and women who serve the department and the city faithfully every day.

JOHN J. COLLINS Director, Intelligence Division Metropolitan Police Department Washington