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Laying the Foundation for a New Beginning
The Next Steps
Two weeks ago I declared a new beginning for the Metropolitan Police Department. As with any new beginning, there will be changes. These changes will be significant and far-reaching, but they will also be informed and carefully thought out. Over the next few months, I will be taking a series of steps to prepare the MPD for the important changes that lie ahead. During this period, the focus will be on three key areas:
As the first chief in three decades selected from outside the MPD, I personally need to get a feel for the problems and issues facing our Department. I need to see and hear firsthand what our strengths and weaknesses are, as well as those key areas where change is needed most. I plan to accomplish this by continuing to open up lines of communication within the Department and between the Department and the community. Much of the next few months will be spent hearing directly from those individuals with the greatest stake in our future: the members of the MPD and our customers in the community. Only by assessing their needs and concerns can our Department lay a solid foundation for change.
In the meantime, our Department must continue to live in our current house, even as we work toward building a new and better structure. If there are immediate problems that need repair and I know there are I will make those short-term fixes that keep the MPD moving forward. But our objective over the next few months remains steady: to get the MPD ready for the significant changes that will take place in our policing philosophy and in how we provide service to the people of the District and in the organization itself.
Assessing the Critical Needs of the Community and Our Department
In order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the MPD, as well as those key areas where change is needed most, we will gather information using a variety of methods. These methods will include: open and candid discussions with Department members, community residents and key stakeholders; a review of existing information from reports and management studies; and third-party fact-finding activities. The outcome of this effort will be a detailed description of the nature and extent of MPD problems. To achieve this outcome, we will:
Building Leadership Capacity
In order to successfully transform the MPD, it is necessary to build a management team of individuals who are loyal and trustworthy; who possess superior management skills; who share my vision for the future; and who have the talent to motivate others to work toward that vision. The outcome of this effort will be a unified leadership with the ability and commitment to achieve the needed change. To achieve this outcome I will:
Developing a Plan of Action
The plan of action will guide a major shift not only in the Department's operations but in the culture as well. It will set the standard to which we will be held accountable. The outcome of this effort will be a clearly articulated and widely disseminated plan that will set the strategic direction for the Department for the next five years. To achieve this outcome we will:
I am moving aggressively toward my goal of making the Metropolitan Police Department the finest police department in the nation. I pledged to create an efficient, well-managed police department one rooted in, and guided by, core values of honesty, integrity, respect for one another and for the community, fairness, dedication, commitment, and accountability for individual actions and organizational results. These steps lay the foundation for that new beginning.
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