Monday, November 27, 2006

Fenty Transition Town Halls-- Date Changes

Please note the following date changes for the Fenty Transition Town Hall Meetings:

Ward 4, Monday, December 11, 6:30 p.m., MPD Regional Operations Command
Center North, 801 Shepherd Street, NW

Ward 1, Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 p.m., Garfield Terrace, 2301 11th
Street, NW

Ward 6, Wednesday, December 13, 6:30 p.m., King Greenleaf Recreation
Center, 201 N Street, SW.

New Testimony Available: Youth Development Strategy Roundtable

View DCAYA's testimony at November's Youth Development Strategy Roundtable before the Special Committee on the Prevention of Youth Violent Crime here.

New Testimony Available: Crime Emergency Roundtable

View DCAYA's testimony at the Crime Emergency Roundtable before the Judiciary Committee here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Fenty Transition Town Halls

Ideas to Action Fenty Transition Town Halls: Mayor-elect Adrian Fenty is hosting these town hall meetings to hear from residents about what needs to happen to ensure that DC is a world class city. Please share
this information far and wide! The link to this list on the site is

The town hall schedule is:

* Ward 8: November 20, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Ferebee Hope Recreation
Center, 800 Yuma St, SE (Sinclair Skinner for info, 478-9209)

* Ward 7: November 21, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Benning Park Community
Recreation Center Gymnasium, 5300 Fitch St SE (Marques Clark for info,

* Ward 6: November 28, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, King Greenleaf Recreation
Center, 201 N St., SW (Juan-Jose Garza for more info, 478-9214)

Ward 5: November 30, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Joseph H. Cole
Recreation Center Gymnasium, 1200 Morse St NE (Joshua Lopez for info,

Ward 4: December 4, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, MPD Regional Operations
Command (ROC) North, 801 Shepherd St NW (Ron Austin for info, 724-4353)

Ward 3: December 5, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, University of the
District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Bldg 47 (Gym) (Jason
Washington for info, 478-9212)

Ward 2: December 7, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Kennedy Recreation Center,
1401 7th St NW (Sean Howard for info, 478-9213)

* Ward 1: December 9, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Garfield Terrace
Senior Housing, 2301 11th St NW (Jackie Reyes for info, 478-9211)

All this and more information is on the Fenty Transition web site,

Mayor-elect Adrian Fenty Names Pick for DC Police Chief

MPD Cmdr. Cathy Lanier brings expertise in local policing and homeland security

WASHINGTON: Today, DC Mayor-elect Adrian Fenty announced that he has asked 16-year law enforcement veteran and Metropolitan Police Department Homeland Security Commander Cathy Lanier to serve as the
city's next chief of police.

"Commander Lanier has superbly served the residents of the District of Columbia for nearly two decades, and brings a unique understanding of both the importance of community policing and the expertise in
homeland security that the top law enforcement officer of the nation's capital must possess," said Fenty about his choice of Lanier.

"I am honored that Mayor-elect Fenty has entrusted me with the safety and security of the citizens of the District of Columbia," said Commander Lanier. "From the beat level to executive service, I am intimately familiar with the District's residents, their needs and concerns," she added, concluding, "I am eager to join a talented, energetic Mayor-elect and his superb team in realizing the promise this city holds."

Commander Lanier has been with the Metropolitan Police Department for more than 16 years and currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the Office of Homeland Security & Counter-Terrorism. Working out of
the Office of the Chief of Police, she has taken the lead role in developing and implementing coordinated counter-terrorism strategies for all units within the department. In this position, she has been
responsible for all counter-terrorism operations, including investigations in partnership with the FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force; developing and implementing all field training exercises, as well as
conducting risk assessments and critical infrastructure protection of key sites within the nation's capital.

Prior to her current assignment, Commander Lanier served as the Commanding Officer of the Department's Special Operations Division (SOD) for four years where she managed members of the Emergency
Response Team; Explosive Ordinance Unit; Aviation and Harbor Units; Horse Mounted and Canine Units; Domestic Security Unit; Special Events/Dignitary Protection Branch; and the Department's Civil
Disturbance Units.

During her tenure as the SOD Commander, she established the agency's initial Homeland Security/Counter-Terrorism Branch and created an agency-wide chemical, biological, radiological response unit known as the Special Threat Action Team.

Commander Lanier spent more than 10 years of her career in the Uniform Patrol Division. As the Commander of the Fourth District she created the Latino Advisory Council that later expanded to become the Latino
Liaison Unit. She has also served as the Commanding Officer of the Department's Major Narcotics Branch and Vehicular Homicide Units in the Special Services Bureau.

Lanier has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice studies, from the University of the District of Columbia and a bachelor of science in management from Johns Hopkins University, where she went on to receive
her master's in the same area of study. She also earned a master of arts in homeland security and defense from the Naval Postgraduate School. She has been honored for her law enforcement and homeland
security work and holds a Top Secret Clearance with SCI Access.

Commander Lanier is 39 years old and the mother of one son. She comes from a family of public service. Her father retired a Deputy Chief in the Prince George's County Fire Department and her two brothers, one a captain in the Prince George's County Fire Department and the other a detective in the Greenbelt City Police Department, are still in public service today. Her mother, now retired and living with the Commander,
worked more than 30 years in the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington, D.C.