The Sting Operation and its DC Police Origins

Anyone who is familiar with law enforcement knows about Sting Operations – coordinated, deceptive campaigns to catch a person or persons committing a crime.  Such operations are commonly used all over the world today, but had their origin in the 1970s under the...

The Police Badge – Origins and Meaning

The police badge is a symbol of authority, respect, integrity, and trust. Learn more about the police badge origins and meaning. Origin of the Police Badge The first idea of a badge was created long before modern law enforcement. The badge eventually became an...

30th Anniversary of the Mt. Pleasant Riots

Mt. Pleasant Riots in 1991 On a warm evening on May 5, 1991, two Fourth District officers approached a small group of men drinking in public in a small park on Mt. Pleasant Street, in Northwest D.C. The Mt. Pleasant Riots in 1991 were one of the biggest in DC history....

Faith and Confidence – A Message from Chief Mew

Faith and Confidence – A Message from Chief Mew of Anchorage, Alaska The following message was first posted in 2015, but it holds true still.  We re-read it recently and wanted to share it to make sure it isn’t forgotten.  Mark Mew was Chief of Police in...

The Race Riots of 1919

In the summer of 1919, the First World War was over but simmering racial tensions, some say inflamed by local newspapers, boiled over into a violent race riot.  This was not Washington’s first such riot (1835), and it was not to be the last as this historically...