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MPD Hiring Driven By D.C. Population Boom

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The Metropolitan Police Department will use the new hires to expand their presence at nightlife hot spots.
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.


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