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The Police Deployment Act of 1999
Bill 13-433

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Councilmember Harold Brazil, Councilmember David A. Catania, Councilmember Carol Schwartz, Councilmember Sandra Allen, Councilmember Kevin Chavous, Councilmember Jack Evans, Councilmember Jim Graham, Councilmember Vincent Orange, Councilmember Charlene Drew Jarvis, Councilmember Sharon Ambrose


Councilmembers David A. Catania, Sandra Allen, Sharon Ambrose, Harold Brazil, Kevin Chavous, Jack Evans, Charlene Drew Jarvis, Jim Graham, Vincent Orange and Carol Schwartz introduced the following bill, which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

To require two-thirds of Metropolitan Police Department sworn officers to be assigned to Patrol Service Area teams

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as "The Police Deployment Act of 1999".

Sec. 2. Definitions.

(a) "Chief" means the Chief of Police of the Metropolitan Police Department ("MPD").

(b) "Full duty" means performance of the job or position which determines the pay scale at which compensation is received.

(c) "PSA" means a Patrol Service Area team performing street patrol duty within a specific geographic area of a police patrol district.

(d) "Street patrol duty" means patrolling the streets and responding to calls for service.

Sec. 3. Assignment to street patrol duty.

The Chief shall assign to street patrol duty 67% of sworn officers who are available for full duty within 90 days of the enactment of this act. Those officers shall be assigned exclusively to PSAs. If a sworn officer assigned to an individual PSA is unavailable for street patrol duty for more than one assigned shift, a sworn officer from the PSA's patrol district support unit shall be substituted for each of the assigned shifts until the assigned street patrol duty officer is available for full duty.

Sec. 4. Audit required.

The Inspector General shall perform an annual audit to determine whether there is compliance with the act.

Sec. 5. Fiscal impact statement.

Sec. 6. Effective date.

This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), approval by the Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority as provided in section 203(a) of the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995, approved April 17, 1995 (109 Stat. 116; D.C. Code §47-392.3(a)), a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)( 1 ) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 831; D.C. Code §1-233(c)( 1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.

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