Message from the Chief

Chief Caldwell

This has been a particularly difficult year for law enforcement. We have all seen and experienced the angry, anti-police rhetoric and witnessed the heightened scrutiny of the profession.

At the same time, we continue to face the daily threats and dangers of the profession. According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 32 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2016. This represents a 3 percent increase over the same period in 2015.

We realize it is imperative that we showcase the positive side of law enforcement and arm our citizens with the tools they need to speak up for the profession. Our goal is to continue to strengthen the relationship between our citizens and officers under the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing. To that end, our command officers will continue to solicit input from rank-and-file employees and community stakeholders when making decisions that affect MPD policies and operations.

In closing, we need to all work together to fight public misconceptions and to showcase the good work we do on a daily basis. And as we move forward, we will remain focused on our duty to provide impartial, ethical and professional law enforcement service and protection.