Thursday, November 13

ANOTHER GOOD COP, BAD CHIEF ROUTINE

In the latest example of the Fenty-Rhee-Lanier crude imitation of leadership, the police chief has demoted Joshua Ederheimer, the top official with the best ties to community and civil liberties groups. Former assistant chief Ederheimer has been busted to captain for unstated reasons. Lanier - like her boss Fenty and Rhee - seemed to have learned her leadership skills watching Donald Trump on the 'Apprentice.' Capricious and egocentric, such moves do little to encourage others to join the police department or to stay there.

Says Rev. Mark A. Thompson Chair NAACP Metropolitan Police & Criminal Justice Review Task Force (on which your editor sits), "Asst. Chief Ederheimer has been a friend to the civil rights community throughout his tenure with MPD. He has always been an invaluable liaison between MPD and our Task Force."

Andrew Harnik, DC Examiner - D.C. police Assistant Chief Winston Robinson has been on the job for nearly 40 years. His behavior has caused him trouble for nearly as long. Now his boss, Chief Cathy Lanier, wants him to train D.C.'s finest. In a memo obtained by The Examiner, she appointed Robinson as top officer for the department's academy.

In 1985, Robinson tried to flee D.C. police after a car crash. Officers at the scene said Robinson struggled with them and then gave a false name.

In 2004, the police union accused Robinson of falsifying crime figures in the dangerous 7th District. An inspector general's report on the allegations said there had been unintentional errors and blamed the mishap on an underling.

Last year, Robinson was questioned by internal investigators for his consulting contract with a Guyanese security firm.

His record and his new assignment have raised some eyebrows at city hall.

"If these accounts are true, it sounds like the guy we're putting in charge of training could use a bit of training himself," said Councilwoman Mary Cheh, D-Ward 3.

Robinson replaces former Deputy Chief Joshua Ederheimer, who was demoted on Oct. 26.

More than 30 officers are being jostled in the latest round of departmental musical chairs – the second shake-up in three weeks.

Lanier didn't respond to requests for comment. But she has vouched for Robinson, whom she calls, "Winnie."

Lanier promised to reinvigorate the police department after taking over nearly two years ago. But she has struggled against stubborn crime. She has shuffled her command staff almost half a dozen times in her short reign.

Department of Justice - Assistant Chief Ederheimer leads the MPD's Professional Development Bureau which incorporates a variety of support and operational functions, including recruiting, training, human resources, discipline, medical services, research, planning, criminal intelligence, legislative, language access, and the forensics laboratory. He joined the MPD in 1985 and has served in a variety of areas including patrol, investigations, and administration. In 2004 he became director of the Police Executive Research Forum's Center on Force & Accountability in Washington, D.C., returning to the MPD in 2007 to serve in the administration of newly appointed Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier.

He led Chief Lanier's transition team and later was appointed as Director of Training. Chief Lanier subsequently promoted him to his current position. Assistant Chief Ederheimer serves on several professional boards, has written extensively, and edited and published numerous books, technical reports, and other publications. He is also an adjunct professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He holds a bachelor's degree in justice from American University, and a master's degree in management and leadership from Johns Hopkins University.

Cafritz Awards Impacting innovations often arise from unexpected sources of inspiration. DC Metropolitan Police Captain Joshua Ederheimer's revelation came from the knowledge he gained while studying for a Master's degree in management at John's Hopkins University. While business school may seem like an unlikely place for a member of the city's police force to derive inspiration, Ederheimer's idea was the perfect insight for transforming a troubled branch of the city's law enforcement system.

In 1998, The Washington Post featured a series exposing serious flaws in the way that the DC Metropolitan Police Department investigated and tracked the use of deadly force by its officers. The articles found that the department had shot more people per capita than any other force in the country, and that in 1997, the force had actually lost track of the number of fatal shootings that its officers had been involved with. To address these issues, in 1999, Captain Ederheimer was selected by Chief of Police Charles H. Ramsey to create the Metropolitan Police Department's Force Investigation Team. Ederheimer's new job was both complex and high profile. He was charged with researching, designing and implementing a new system through which police-involved shooting incidents would be investigated and resolved.

To achieve this goal, Ederheimer drew from the knowledge that he had gained in business school, utilizing modern business theories to overhaul and reengineer the use of force investigation process. . . Under Ederheimer's plan, each step of the investigation system is meticulously tracked and recorded, including for the first time in the city, the race and gender the persons involved in each incident. The task force even publishes reports detailing use-of-force cases to the DCMPD website on a regular basis, and sends the reports to groups in the community in order to foster communication and trust between the police department and the city at large.

The result of these innovations is a system of investigation that has become a standard for police departments nationwide and around the world. Since the formation of the task force, incidents of police-related force are down 78 percent.

Its successes are due largely to Captain Ederheimer's creative and dedicated approach to systems reform. Ederheimer has also sought to educate task force members on cultural sensitivity and race issues, and even brought his officers to a rally hosted by civil rights activist the Reverend Al Sharpton memorializing Martin Luther King Jr., in order to improve relations with members of the anti-police brutality movement. . .

1 Comments:

At 12:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

she f--ked up by demoting this guy. bad move.then further dropping morale within by sharing it on her hitlist to the department. who would want to get promoted just to be demoted.

 

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