New Order Strengthens MPD/DPS Collaboration

Last week, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier called for the Metropolitan Police Department to enlist campus police—such as Georgetown’s Department of Public Safety—in university-related calls that occur off campus.

Julie Green Bataille, associate vice president for communications, praised the new order for clarifying the two police forces’ cooperative efforts. The order stipulates that MPD should invite the university police force to participate in the police response.

This includes both on-campus and off-campus housing calls.  Spokespeople from Catholic University of America and American University said that this practice is already in place at their universities.

Lest you think this means we’re all getting off of our noise violations scot-free from now on, Advisory Neighborhood Commission representative Ed Solomon clarified that MPD will still take the lead in responding to all calls.

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