Councilmember Allen, Councilmember Bonds, committee members, and fellow guests - good afternoon. My name is Matthew Mahl, and I am the Chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police Metropolitan Police Labor Committee, the labor union which represents the approximately 3,400 officers, detectives and sergeants of the Metropolitan Police Department.
On behalf of our members, I thank you for allowing me here this afternoon to testify regarding the “Force of 4200, Police Officer Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017”and “First Responders Housing Incentive Program Amendment Act of 2017”. Recruitment and retention issues are plaguing our agency, and have been for some time now.
At a time when it is increasingly harder to be a police officer, agencies around the country are finding it more difficult to recruit and retain qualified police officers. Police agencies are learning that you have to provide for your force, the basic comforts and support that all employees deserve. Salary is among the top priority for our first responders followed up by working conditions and innovative scheduling. The Police Officer Recruitment and Retention bill addresses what I would call one of the most important aspects that our members are looking for.READ MORE
Posted April 10 2017 at 1:11 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link