Code of the District of Columbia

§ 5–101.04. Police Services Areas.

(a) By January 1, 2001, the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (“MPD”) shall submit to the Council a study performed by MPD on the efficacy of the Police Service Area (“PSA”) model, including:

(1) Whether re-engineering of the model is necessary;

(2) Whether PSA boundaries need to be redrawn; and

(3) Whether PSA staffing is appropriate.

(b) By April 1, 2001, the Chief of MPD shall submit a plan to the Council for redeploying sworn officers into the PSA system. Pursuant to this redeployment plan, a minimum of 60% of all sworn officers who are available for full duty would be assigned to the PSA system. For this purpose, these officers would be assigned to street patrol and available to respond to calls for service.

(c) The requirement set forth in subsection (b) of this section does not preclude the Chief of Police from also submitting alternatives to the redeployment plan required by the Council.

(d)(1) Until MPD attains 3,700 sworn officers, the Chief of the MPD shall deploy sworn officers as necessary to ensure that a minimum of 62% of all sworn police personnel are assigned to direct service delivery in the PSAs. Sworn officers assigned to PSAs shall not be deployed outside of their respective PSAs at any time, unless responding to an emergency situation.

(2) For the purposes of this subsection, the term:

(A) “Sworn police personnel” is limited to all of the sworn lieutenants, sergeants, and officers.

(B) Emergency situation” means any extraordinary occurrence in the District of Columbia which requires the use of sworn police personnel to protect the health and safety of residents and visitors, including civil disorder, riots, acts of terrorism, or natural disasters.”

(e) The deployment of sworn officers to the PSAs shall be based on the following considerations:

(1) The number of Part 1 offenses;

(2) Drug activities;

(3) The number of arrests;

(4) The need for traffic enforcement; and

(5) The number of calls for service.

(f) Until MPD attains 3,800 sworn officers, all newly sworn officers who were recruited by MPD to become police officers shall be assigned to neighborhood patrols in the PSAs.