From WUSA9 CBS in DC:
A whistleblower from the D.C. Police Department is talking openly about the crime underreporting she says she’s witnessed inside the Metropolitan Police Department.
“I was surprised,” said MPD Sergeant Charlotte Djossou. “I didn’t want to believe it.”
Djossou, a 15-year MPD veteran previously honored for her service by Police Chief Peter Newsham, is going public with stunning allegations about what she says is going on in her own department.
She claims D.C. police supervisors are ordering investigators to downgrade crime classifications form more serious crimes to less serious ones to make the city’s crime stats look better.
“The commanders and the captains get promoted, and they get awards, when the crime stats are low,” Djossou said.
Here is her interview with WUSA9:
Remember the Iron Law of Bureaucracy:
In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.
Police chiefs and high ranking administrators are not patrol officers. They don’t risk their lives on the streets. They are appointed by politicians who are elected.
Politicians get reelected when they say they reduced crime because voters like low crime.
Fighting crime is hard. The easier thing is to have the politically appointed chiefs fudge the numbers to make it look like crime is going down so the politicians that appoint them and invite them to open bar catered fundraising dinners get reelected.
You might think that crime is going up because your city looks worse than it has since the end of the crack epidemic in the early 90’s, but the numbers say otherwise, and who are you going to believe, the Chief of Police or you lying eyes?