It has been brought to the attention of the Union that there has been a large uptick in tickets being issued to officers parked around Police Headquarters and the Superior Court Building.
While we understand this is not a new issue, there has been some concern on the number of tickets that have been issued in the areas. The Union along with several members that are assigned to Headquarters met with DPW on Wednesday of this week to try and work some of these issues out. Unfortunately immediately after this meeting the ticketing went into hyper drive.
What I can say right now is that after an investigation by the DC OIG, they have found that there were unauthorized “permits” being used by members of the public around the two buildings. After this investigation was completed it was learned that DDOT does not have any type of “official” permit on file for MPD, and therefore asked DPW to issue tickets to any vehicle that was parking in those areas displaying “MPD Permits”. To further make matters worse, the parking that was on E Street NW, in front of the LEO Memorial has been taken away during the multi-year construction project. There were talks about parking in front of Headquarters on Indiana Ave to be converted to MPD parking only, but it was also learned that DDOT did not approve this request and it will remain parking on a first come first serve basis.
While I understand the frustration of being required to come to work and court, and not being provided any type of parking, and then when parking on the street getting tickets from DPW, please know that we are working on the issue and have in fact put this issue on the front burner.
We have reached out to the Chief’s Office to see if this is something the Union and the Department can work on in a collaborative effort, and we are looking forward to trying to find solutions to this problem.
We will keep everyone updated as developments happen, but in the mean time I would like to suggest parking near or on the National Mall. Jefferson and Madison Streets normally fill up slower than any parking around Headquarters and the Court building.
As always, stay safe and watch each other’s backs.
Posted August 12 2016 at 1:22 PM by Matthew N. Mahl | Permanent Link