Re: [MPD-5D] Meet the Chief of DC Housing Authority
- Congratulations to Chief Maupin. He served the 7th District well!Commissioner Kathy Henderson, 5D05
From: 5D Community Outreach Coordinator <Fayette.Vaughn-Lee@...>
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Sent: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 5:05 pm
Subject: [MPD-5D] Meet the Chief of DC Housing Authority
MEET THE CHIEFChief Joel Maupin joined the DCHA family in December 2012. A native Washingtonian, he was raised in the Deanwood section of Northeast and brings more than 29 years of experience to his new position.He is a graduate of both the Management College at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration and the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) of the Police Executive Research Forum at Boston College.In 2011 he was recognized with the following awards: President of the United States Award for Volunteerism, Metropolitan Police Department Commander of the Year Award, Metropolitan Police Department Best Performing District Award (Seventh District) and Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) Commitment to Excellence Award.He recently answered some questions about his new role.
Q: What was your knowledge/perception of DCHA prior to your arrival, and how has that changed?
Prior to assuming my position at DCHA, I thought that I had a pretty good knowledge of the sworn police operations. I had worked with many of the supervisors either at MPD or in their capacity as DCHA officers. I knew the members to be dedicated to their profession and striving to do their best with the limited number of personnel at their disposal. Of course I did not know the inner working of the Agency or the Police Department. Now that I have been here for a few months, my perception of the agency has not changed. Now that I know the entire responsibility of the OPS, I have an even greater respect for the members and the challenges of providing public safety and police services to the various Public Housing communities.Q: What made DCHA an attractive job option?
DCHA was an attractive position because it presented the opportunity for me to remain in my chosen field of law enforcement and in my home town of Washington. Throughout my years in law enforcement, I had the opportunity to work with citizens that reside in the various public housing communities. I know the majority of them to be good people who want to reside and raise their children in a safe community. This position gives me the opportunity to assist our residents in a way that no other position could.Q: What do you think the most important steps are to keeping the DCHA PD around when so many other housing authorities have had to let theirs go?
The most important steps are continuing to be responsive to our residents. We must provide a level of individualized service that cannot reasonably be expected from MPD. From resident and visitor monitoring at our properties to vertical patrols of the hallways and stairwells in our hi-rise buildings, the DCHA PD/OPS must continue to be the first level of security for our residents.Q: What would you like to accomplish in your role as Chief?
In my role as Chief, I will develop a better trained, better prepared, better respected, and more responsive department. We will fully implement community policing in our communities and enhance our partnerships with government agencies, the private sector and our residents.DCHA Intranet Article