Every 4 years the Metropolitan Police Department is host to thousands of police officers from around the country as we swear in the newly elected President of the United States.
Having been on the agency for 13 years now, I have had the honor of being a part of this unique experience three times prior to this year’s Presidential Inauguration.
In inaugurations past I have maintained the section, toed the line, and worked with Special Operations. This year was by far, however, the most rewarding and invigorating experiences being your Union Chairman. I was able to meet with active and retired members, help dispel rumor and spread facts. I was also able to get out and deliver food to the men and women who protected our city for hours upon hours on the front line.
My team and I, while not standing a post or assigned to a platoon, worked tireless hours to provide meals to you who were lifting the heavy load. As a team effort we made it possible over a 51-hour period to serve about 1500 meals to our membership and members of outside agencies.
Friday night I had the opportunity to go out in the field and meet with members at 14th and K, where several hundred of you had been working over eighteen straight hours, and we were able to bring some food and beverages. It was great to see everyone doing the job and working together completing the mission. From the clashes I was able to watch I couldn’t be more proud of the professional way you all represented the department and did your jobs.
I want to thank all the members who were detailed to the commissary this week. I want to acknowledge their long hours and sleepless nights that contributed to making this commissary detail a success. I especially want to thank past Union Chairman GG Neil, Past Secretary Marcello Muzzatti, FOP Lodge 1 President Andy Maybo, Lou Cannon, and last but certainly not least Bonnie Cannon for their tireless efforts in making sure we were able to accomplish our mission. None of what we did could have been done without their help.
While I know we were not able to get to everyone, we did the best we could to get to most of you. I hope you all the best, and look forward to seeing you all soon.
Be safe and watch each others’ backs.
Fraternal Order of Police
Metropolitan Police Labor Committee
Posted January 22 2017 at 3:11 PM by Matthew N. Mahl | Permanent Link