In 2011, Phil fought to increase the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) budget to $7M and staffing to 3,900.
“If our murder rate was as low as New York City’s it would be half of what it is. I believe Chief Lanier is doing a good job, but we must do more.”
— Phil Mendelson, 13 October 2012
The District’s Crime Rate versus that of New York City in 2010 (crime cases)
There are a lot of things we want in our community. But they don’t mean much if we don’t feel safe in our homes and on our streets. Phil is Chairman of the Council’s Committee the Judiciary.
His Omnibus Crime Bills of 2006 & 2009 provide comprehensive tools for police and prosecutors to reduce crime. Phil has worked with stakeholders throughout the city to equip those in the justice system — MPD, prosecutors, the Courts — and ordinary citizens with the tools they need to protect our city. While Phil is proud that homicides are at an all-time low in the District, he knows we have a long way to go to ensure residents’ safety throughout the District.
The Committee on the Judiciary is responsible for all legislation related to criminal, civil, and administrative law in the District of Columbia. It also oversees all of the District’s public safety agencies, conducting hearings to hold agencies and their directors accountable for performance and spending.
The agencies in Phil’s portfolio include:
- Metropolitan Police Department
- Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
- District of Columbia National Guard
- Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
- Deputy Mayor for Public Safety & Justice
- Department of Corrections
- Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
- District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission
- District of Columbia Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission
- Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department
- Forensic Health and Science Laboratories
- Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
- Office of Unified Communications
- Office of Victims Services
- Police Complaints Board