July 15, 2008
Citizens, Staff and Elected Officials of the City of District Heights, MD
Dahn, Chief of Police, District Heights Police Department
This letter is to inform you that I regretfully, but
respectfully, tender my resignation as Chief of Police for the City of District
Heights Police Department, effective on July 17, 2008 at 2359 HRS. As Chief, I have
working for the City.
We as a community were able to accomplish a great deal
together in a relatively short amount of time. These accomplishments include:
Accountability; Department / Citizen Relations; Transparency
of Operations -
Orders book issued to each officer.
Improved the statistical tracking
of department activities through detailed reports.
Formal community policing program
Held monthly community crime
prevention and open forum meetings with
citizens (Chief’s Coffee meetings).
Implemented “Amerilert” text
message based community notification system.
Launched a partnership with
“Crimereports.com” to make basic crime report
information available to the general public through
Department Internet website
New memorandum of understanding
formalized with MD Park and Planning
Police Department for the use of in-car mobile data
Efficiency of operations / trends in the profession –
Laptop computers issued to each
Researched and recommended for
purchase an automated report writing system.
TASER X-26 units purchased for
Received materials to start the
CALEA Recognition process for small agencies.
Recruitment and Retention (Morale) –
Officer vacancies advertised on law
Fully staffed the department for
the first time in seven years.
Introduced a new daily working
Received the first ever “vote of
confidence” from the rank and file employees of
the police and code enforcement departments.
Serving Community Needs –
out and collected “citizen satisfaction” surveys, which revealed high marks
for how the
served citizen needs.
Established a detective position to
follow up on unsolved crime reports.
Reported a reduction of UCR Part
One crimes by 49% in one year.
Developed a new City Ordinance for
the offences of unlawful assembly and
Assigned a member of the department
to the United States Secret Service
Metro Area Task Force to investigate financial crimes,
Applied for and received funding
for the following grant projects:
Safety (DWI, seat belt use and aggressive driving enforcement).
Routes to School (for infrastructure improvements and pedestrian safety
Communities Initiative (funded the detective’s position for ½ year).
license plate reader which will be used to identify vehicles that have
outstanding issues in need of follow up (stolen, unpaid fines, etc.).
While we have come far, we must not stop here. While I will no
longer be at the helm
of the effort, these successes must continue for the good of the fine community
of District Heights. Serious
issues continue to confront the community.
Crimes and incidents involving young offenders are a threat
to the very fabric of our community.
Identifying alternative strategies to mentor, support and embrace our
youth must be vigorously pursued.
The traits of hope, virtue, and compassion must be engrained in them in
so that they grow from valued youth to being a positive influence. They must be taught
the importance of
service and the benefits their contribution to others can achieve. Every stakeholder
in the community,
regardless of age or position, has a civic responsibility to ensure that public
service endures in the tradition of selfless leadership.
Thank you all for giving me the privilege to serve such a
great community. While the time
has come for me to move on to pursue other professional opportunities, my
commitment to serve the community of District Heights will not end with my
resignation. As always, if I may
be of service in any way, I may be reached on my mobile phone, (240) 304-9148,
or through the use of my e-mail address: