On Wednesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined by Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Peter Newsham, met with new police recruits at the Metropolitan Police Academy.
The mayor followed a training module that requires recruits to use de-escalation training techniques and witnessed a demonstration with MPD’s K-9 officers. The MPD K-9 officers were joined by Kylie, a DC FEMS cadaver K-9, that recently returned to full active duty.
Since 2016, Bowser has launched and funded a series of programs and initiatives to enhance MPD’s recruitment efforts, including the Anacostia Public Safety Academy, the Recruit Six-Month Rental Assistance Program and the Employer-Assisted Housing Program.
This year, Bowser has invested $3 million to expand MPD’s workforce to 4,000 officers by 2021.
Residents can find more information about the Academy and recruitment requirements at joinmpd.dc.gov.