DC Police Union Testifies Before DC Council
Updated On: Nov 15, 2018
Council Member Elissa Silverman, who oversaw the Roundtable discussion

Currently, DC is required to offer its employees compensation that is deemed "competitive."  While that may sound good, "competitive" compensation is strictly defined as being at or near the average compensation given to similar employees in the larger DC suburban area.  That area, called a "Metropolitan Statistical Area," or MSA for short, includes counties as far as Frederick, Warren, Calvert, and Spotsylvania.

The MSA was an issue in past contract negotiations with MPD, who used it to argue that the Union's expectation for compensation was outside the range of "competitiveness" as defined by the DC Code.

There are a number of reasons why compensation for MPD officers should not be compared with officers working in places like Spotsylvania.  MPD is one of the best police departments in the country and recruits talent from across the nation.  MPD handles challenges that are unique for a police department working in the nation's capital.  Being in an urban area, MPD handles a higher degree of crime than more rural areas.  And the cost of living in DC is also higher.

The DC Police Union hopes to work with the DC Council to consider these issues when addressing what should be "competitive" compensation for police officers working in DC.


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Washington, DC 20003




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