D.C. Police Union Seeks Hearing On Emergency System | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Police Union Seeks Hearing On Emergency System

Play associated audio
The head of the D.C. police officers' union says dispatchers are routinely overloaded and are unable to help officers immediately.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bootbearwdc/3475040886/
The head of the D.C. police officers' union says dispatchers are routinely overloaded and are unable to help officers immediately.

The head of the D.C. police officers' union is requesting a review of the city's emergency dispatch system. Kris Baumann wrote in a letter to Council member Tommy Wells on Thursday that systemic failures, such as inaccurate information being provided by dispatchers to officers, could open the door to a "major breakdown or a tragedy."

He says dispatchers are routinely too overloaded to be able to help officers immediately and don't always provide even basic information when requested. Baumann is asking for an oversight hearing to address some of these problems.

Wells is the chairman of the Council's public safety committee. His chief of staff said Wells had not immediately had a chance to review the letter.

NPR

Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man'

The late actor hit his peak in the adaptation of John le Carre's 2008 novel. The movie isn't a clean piece of storytelling, but Hoffman connects with viewers on a level most actors never approach.
NPR

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.
NPR

In A Luxury Apartment, Is A Separate 'Poor Door' Segregation?

New York City officials approved a plan for a separate entrance for low-income residents in a luxury building. Is the decision smart economics or discrimination? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
NPR

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

Leave a Comment

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