A Crisis in Our Nation’s Capital
Featuring Gregg Pemberton
There is a crisis in our nation’s capital; no, not a political crisis. The District of Columbia is experiencing a crisis on multiple fronts: violent crime, elected officials who are enacting legislation that handcuffs the police, and a department that is down hundreds of officers.
And to no surprise, there have been real-life, deadly consequences.
- Homicides are up 18%
- Carjackings are up 25%
- Robberies are up 40%
- Violent Crime is up 20%.
The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is at its years low in staffing, which is hampering the time in which an officer can reach a person calling for help. The time it takes to respond to “Priority 1 calls,” which are the most serious incidents, has increased by almost 90 seconds. Now, if you’re watching TV, it may not seem like a long time, but I can assure you—to victims in dire need of help, 90 seconds could mean life or death.
Across the country, leaders with the Fraternal Order of Police are fighting back against the legislative attacks being waged by some agenda-driven politicians.
On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Gregg Pemberton, Chairman of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Labor Committee. Gregg represents the more than 3,600 rank-and-file DC MPD officers who go to work every day to serve and protect those in living in our nation’s capital.
Law enforcement officers have one of the toughest and most dangerous jobs in the United States. The brave men and women of law enforcement are charged with the enormous responsibility of keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe.
Be sure to tune in to Blue View, a weekly podcast presented by the National Fraternal Order of Police, to hear from law enforcement experts, elected officials, and other notable leaders to gain insight into the issues and current events surrounding the law enforcement community. Each episode will leave you with a better understanding of what law enforcement officers face daily. Together, we can rebuild the trust between police officers and the communities they serve.