WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

MPD Hiring Driven By D.C. Population Boom

Play associated audio
The Metropolitan Police Department will use the new hires to expand their presence at nightlife hot spots.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjs1322/3148548102/
The Metropolitan Police Department will use the new hires to expand their presence at nightlife hot spots.

The District is beefing up its police force to meet the challenges of a booming economy and vibrant night life.

D.C. Council chair Phil Mendelson says about 50 new police officers will be hired by the city through a funding "reprogramming." Mendelson says the move is made necessary by D.C.'s growing population and associated increase in activity at District hot spots.

"U Street, H Street, the new southwest waterfront, areas like that — in order to be proactive and stay ahead of the possibility of new crime, there ought to be new police officers," Mendelson says.

Just a few months ago, the D.C. Council rejected a request to hire an additional 100 officers using additional speed camera revenue, but Mendelson says it makes sense this time around.

NPR

Remembering Robert Swanson, Advertising's 'King Of Jingles'

Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
NPR

In Alaska's Remote Towns, Climate Change Is Already Leaving Many Hungry

Melting ice has made it harder to hunt walrus, a traditional staple for Native Alaskans. Warmer temps mean caribou aren't where hunters used to find them. It all adds up to more food insecurity.
WAMU 88.5

Democratic National Convention Day Two: Uniting The Party

An update on day two of the Democratic convention: Bill Clinton takes the stage and ongoing efforts by party leaders to build unity.

WAMU 88.5

How To Help Teens And Children Fight 'Tech Addiction'

Many parents and therapists say obsessive internet use is a very real problem for some teens and children. But the term “internet addiction” is controversial and not officially recognized as a disorder. How to help kids who compulsively use computers and mobile technology.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.