Talk:Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia

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"It is possibly internationally the best known police department in the United States due to the television series The District."

Oh? and what about NYPD blue? I never even saw this show once in my life. Neither did I see NYPD blue but I knew the show existed. Is this a fact or what, is there anyone international to support this claim?

I typed in "The Mets" meaning the NYC baseball team and was automatically redirected here. Should there be a disambig page for this? Pnkrockr 18:17, 30 July 2006 (UTC)


I'd like to see the rank structure of the MPDC and Code listings, much like on Wiki's LAPD page. Alexander Davis 22:22, 22 February 2007 (UTC)

I was a member of the Metropolitan Police Dept for over 12 years. I worked in Patrol and Special Investigations (Old CID). I never heard anyone call it the Mets! DC Police, MPD, MPDC, Metropolitan Police, and although it is not correct I heard people call us Metro PD, however, Metro PD is Metro Transit Police, because our Transit subway system is called METRO.

I never heard it called DCPD either, have you? That's what's given in the info box. The first time I heard that term was in Minority Report, and I found it amusing that they didn't get the name right. I've always called it MPD, and MPDC is obviously valid based on the URL for the agency, but DCPD is a totally new one on me and I don't think it's appropriate. -Etoile, 24 June 2009


I have added a tag on this article due to the fact it does not cite its sources or referances, please do not remove the tag until sources have been cited in proper citaion format, thank you. --T Van Wormer 00:26, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

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  • Reassessed as C. --M@rēino 20:35, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

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Service weapons.[edit]

Would anyone else like to know what the standard pistol is? I'm pretty sure its a type of Glock, but I'm not familar on the model.

Crown Victoria Assembly[edit]

New to wiki, so I don't know if I'm doing this right. The article mentions the Crown Victoria police cruiser being American made. It's assembled in Canada. I thought it was more Canadian than American. Even the Crown Victoria article states Canada. Maybe this should be updated?

Move Request[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

No consensus to move. Vegaswikian (talk) 01:26, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Metropolitan Police Department of the District of ColumbiaMetropolitan Police Department – Both the WP:COMMON and official name of the organization is "Metropolitan Police Department". The current page is simply a redirect to this one. I am not sure how this page got here since the current name is neither official nor common but it seems to be completely unnecessary. Best, epicAdam(talk) 02:30, 15 August 2011 (UTC)

I disagree. Google "Metropolitan Police Department". This article is the primary usage; so much so that the redirect has existed direct to this page without a peep from anyone as to a problem. Further, the DC department is the only police agency that does not include a location modifier in the name. This is significant to DC for historical and political reasons, resulting from the time when the District did not have a consolidated government (the City of Washington, the City of Georgetown, etc. were each their own cities) and the new "metropolitan" department was created to police the entire federal district. In the unlikely event that a user meant to go to any of the other named departments, a simple hat link is all that is necessary to fix the problem, just as is done with other articles where one subject maintains a primary usage. Best, epicAdam(talk) 02:53, 15 August 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. "Metropolitan Police Department" is very generic and clearly ambiguous – it could be referring to any police department in any city in the world. There is no way that the DC police department is the primary topic and Metropolitan Police Department should either be turned into a dab page or redirected to Metropolitan police. As to "the DC department is the only police agency that does not include a location modifier in the name", I am willing to accept it may be the primary topic of all American metro police departments, but the US is not the only country in the world. Jenks24 (talk) 06:16, 15 August 2011 (UTC)
If that is the case, then certainly Metropolitan Police should not go to London's Metropolitan Police Service, which is just as generic and ambiguous as a name. Certainly the United Kingdom isn't the only country in the world, either. If you or any other editor can find an example of another unqualified "Metropolitan Police Department" in the world, please do so. Until then, the DC agency remains the primary topic and is almost certainly the intended article when searched for by English Wikipedia users. Best, epicAdam(talk) 06:27, 15 August 2011 (UTC)
I completely agree with you that Metropolitan Police should not redirect to Metropolitan Police Service (which should also probably be disambiguated -- but that's a discussion for another day). As to your request to find another unqualified "Metropolitan Police Department", the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is commonly referred to as simply the "Metropolitan Police Department" (see, for example, their website). Jenks24 (talk) 06:48, 15 August 2011 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.