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Police Complaints Board Releases Annual Update on Policy Changes Recommended to D.C. Police and Housing Authority Police Department

Monday, February 14, 2022
Report provides status updates on three reports and eight recommendations

(Washington, DC) – The District of Columbia Police Complaints Board (PCB), the governing body of the Office of Police Complaints (OPC), today released a report to the Council of the District of Columbia on the status of policy changes recommended by the PCB to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the District of Columbia Housing Authority Police Department (DCHAPD) in fiscal year 2020.

To date, the PCB has issued 61 policy recommendations and reports for police reform. The recommendations address large-scale areas of concerns about District law enforcement policies, training, or supervision. The reports address substantive or procedural law enforcement matters.

OPC reviewed three reports with eight separate recommendations published in fiscal year 2020. During its review, the agency found that of the eight recommendations, none have been fully implemented, one has been partially implemented and seven not implemented. The findings by report are as follows:

  • Personal Use of Social Media – two recommendations: both not implemented
  • Lawful Firearms – two recommendations: both not implemented
  • Automated License Plate Readers – four recommendations: three not implemented, one partially implemented

“To ensure transparency, it’s important for the public to know about any policy changes that have or have not been implemented by MPD or DCHAPD,” said Michael G. Tobin, OPC’s executive director.  “OPC will continue to review the actions of both police departments and keep the community informed.”

To view the full report, visit www.policecomplaints.dc.gov.