City Desk

Chief of D.C. Protective Services Put on Leave

The chief of the District's Protective Services Police Department has been put on paid administrative leave.

"He was notified on Feb. 17," says Doxie McCoy, a spokeswoman for Mayor Vince Gray. McCoy says Cannon is on leave "while an issue that was raised is looked into." McCoy says she can't discuss the details, as it's a personnel matter. Cannon has been chief since 2008.

Though members of PSPD operate as police officers while patrolling property that belongs to the D.C. government, they are not a part of the Metropolitan Police Department.

Cannon was appointed to President Obama's federal salary council in November. According to an online bio located on the D.C. government website, Cannon has "30-plus years of progressively responsible law enforcement and security" experience. Cannon did not immediately return a call for comment.

Ted Williams, a lawyer retained by PSPD Lt. Alberta Renee Holden, says his client was recently interviewed by a member of the Office of Attorney General regarding Cannon. "I was just retained to make sure that her rights were not violated," says Williams. Williams also says his client was asked questions in connection to an investigation the office is conducting. "There seems to be a great deal of upheaval around there. It seems as if police officers felt they weren't being treated well."

In a complaint to the Department of Real Estate Services, which oversees PSPD, Holden says she's concerned about Cannon's temper. (City Desk obtained a copy of the complaint from a source.) She cites instances in which she saw the chief lose his temper and even discusses being afraid to talk about it:

"I do not want to be subject to the Chief’s [wrath] for talking to you about this. But for some reason, I feel that is exactly what is going to happen, I have seen and heard so much, that I believe that no one is safe from that type of behavior. "

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  • SHM at PSPD

    Ok enough already... we all know how f%cked up PSPD is! Wanna Be MPD. Then they wonder why we look down on them. Just go and guard the city buildings and stay out of trained police officer's way. We don't need your help, you guards are a big liability. Stay in your place as SPO's. 1D Copper

  • copsgurl

    Wow. why so harsh. Just go to work, do your job and leave. why do you have to get so involved? You are definitely adding to the situation.

  • copsgurl

    If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.

  • Just check the record

    The old saying where there is smoke their is Fire! It is hard to believe that none of these accusations aren't true . I know for a fact that over 15 EEO's have been filed against Cannon for hostile working environment, Racial hiring practices, including changing Sergeant Scores so people he wanted would get promoted. The public record shows that 24 Blacks have been fired since Cannon has been Chief.

    Public record has shown that several employees have gone to Management Deron Lehman fate filing EEO's for protection under the whistle blower act and nothing happen. I know that the IG under Fenty failed to investigate many tips or complaints, that's after their report in July clearly sustained all of these accusations but nothing was done.(READ OIG REPORT ITS ON LINE) 05.13.10
    Department of Real Estate Services Protective Services Police Department Report of Special Evaluation

    During the course of the special evaluation, the OIG made 28 recommendations to DRES to improve the deficiencies noted, establish and implement internal controls, and increase operational effectiveness. Many recommendations focused on improving training and documenting policies and procedures.

    The Truth of the matter Cannon was appointed doing Fenty administration and the Director of DRES Robin Eve Jasper who was the Former Chief of Staff for Neal Albert City Administrator was protected under Fenty giving Cannon a sense of being untouchable.

    I know last year doing election time that Council members were contacted to ask for hearings and none of them wanted to tackle that doing an election year. I know for a fact that SOMB(MPDC) was contacted on several issues including traffic stops, search warrants and Cannon telling PSD officers they could carry their weapons off duty as SPO's. SOMB came to roll calls and warned cannon about him acting outside his scope of his commission and he continued to ignored them and allowed all of his Command staff to take vehicles home.

    This not about anyone else but (former)Chief Cannon, you must be honest about the facts! I find amazing that many of you have cloudy the water with issues other than the facts. PSD actions will just give DC and law enforcement another black eye once the truth is revealed.

    I know for some of you it easier to hide behind the smoke and mirrors and try and keep the truth from being told. I feel really sorry for all involved and that we are dealing with such ugly issues in 2011 in the Nations Capitol. I pray that no other careers and lives are damage over people violating rights of the PSD staff.

  • Betaboi

    @SMH @ PSPD...dang dat was kinda harsh...i feel u on that note...but even us Contract SPOs and PSPD take the same Sworn Oath that MPD takes...PSPD oversees us but ultimately MPD govnerns us contract n PSPD...just like i was told when i first got my SPO commission...it was told to me by SOMB that any problems any thing that would cause an upheval n the city that all sworn n officers would be called into service...contract SPOs...PSPD...Housing Police...Library Police even the Lv1 n Lv2 Reserve Officers. Yes i would MPD Academy training...i would even love to b an MPD officer...but i dont have the credit hrs...but i will be the first to say...i will help any law enforcement officer if they need it...and i will help within the scope of my abilities as a commissioned SPO

  • copsgurl

    WTF you all are still posting?? Obviously if they haven't said anything about it you all are full of sh!t. Now they are gonna start investigatin you all for the crap you said.

  • copsgurl

    Louis P. Cannon is the Chief of the Protective Services Police Department (PSPD), the Division of DRES responsible for the security and law enforcement on properties owned and leased by the District Government.

    Chief Cannon brings 30-plus years of progressively responsible law enforcement and security experience to this position. Prior to his selection as Chief of PSPD, for the past three years he was Chief of Police of the Office of Naval Intelligence, in charge of day-to-day police and security functions, emergency preparedness and anti-terrorism operations. Additionally, he served more than 20 years as an Metropolitan Police Department officer/supervisor and received over 150 commendations.

    Chief Cannon has held security/law enforcement positions in both the private sector along with federal and municipal sectors which include the Library of Congress Police and the United States Mint Police. He has made over 1,000 arrests in his career, for offenses ranging from misdemeanor violations to homicide. In 2007 Chief Cannon completed his seventh consecutive term as head of the Fraternal Order of Police in the District.

  • I Bleed Blue

    We have heard the positive and heard the negative comments from all the persons who have posted.... Everyone has their opinions and hopefully we can voice them in a forum one day without heated tension in the room. I am proud to work with the people I work with.. We might not see eye to eye all the time but that's what makes us human is our opinions. This article was about the Chief and Lt Holden only!!! Have faith the investigation what comes out will from an outside agency not PSPD!!! For the sake of both persons to receive fair treatment. Stop the Blogs!!!!!!We are all better than this!!!!! Bless You All and Be Safe on your tours!!!

  • DC Tax Payer

    Top of the morning,

    @copsgurl, I see you are impressed with Soon to be Ex- Chief Loose Cannon. I have knew that guy for 30 years and he earned his nick names- honestly aka Lying Lou and Loose Cannon.

    Mr. Mayor please do a comprehensive background on your chief of PSPD.
    ONI- Forced Out/ Terminated
    Library Police- Forced Out
    Mint Police- Forced out/ Terminated along with all the top brass
    FOP- Voted him out
    ***PSPD- Hopefully Fired very soon and hopefully indicted on multiple charges.

    That is our fearless leader!

  • copsgurl

    how do you have all this information

  • WE ARE WATCHING

    First of who ever pretended to be the mayor you are an idiot! The Mayor is trying to straighten this city out after all Fenty's trash was left behind. Cannon and PSD issues are several pay grades below him, and the IG's Office and AUSA will handle this matter as professionals. Copsgurl, its public record and facts don't lie.

    A few people have made request for documents such as how many blacks have been fired since cannon has been chief, how many whites have been hired and promoted including salary increases, how many EEO's have been filed against Cannon. An explanation how can you give a Deputy Chief Scott a 31,000 raise while the city is broke. Did Jeff Rider get promoted to a 13 for his part in giving Cannon friends who live in Florida Commander badge and identification and they don't work for PSD?

    Lou Cannon has been served a PD 77 revoking his police powers, Deron Lenham went to Cannon's home and got his take home vehicle and his weapon.(facts)

    The problem that needs to be addressed is if we have bosses or workers abusing their offices and power given to them they need to be removed. Cannon pass work history speaks for itself, and you wonder how did he ever passed a back ground check unless one was never done?

    Race has played a hugh role in this situation because numerous investigations involving white officers talking about Command staff on their Facebook page and other blogs were swept under the rug.(facts the IG has copies).

    If PSD isn't careful they will place you under MPD and a half the staff will be let go after a real back ground check is conducted. This is the 4th Chief that has brought embarrassment and disgrace to Law Enforcement and the City of Washington DC. The facts two of them were white and two them were black.(check the record).

    Leadership is earned and not given because you put on a white shirt with a star or stars. The best bosses are the ones that never have to tell anyone they are the boss, because their actions speak for themselves. Yes many people including elected officials/media are monitoring the information from this blog so it would be wise to stay in your lane before you get run over with the facts!

  • PSPDWILLBURN!!!111!!BLARGH

    Fact: Chief Cannon is getting fired
    Fact: PSPD will conduct a full investigation on internal discrepencies regarding the hiring and firing of race related issues.
    Fact: 78% of all salaries within PSPD have been garnished to support the Chief's lavish obsession with pre-WWII pocket watches.
    Fact: The command staff at PSPD have been sacrificing live animals down in the old morgue for satanist rituals for over 200 years
    Fact: DC General sits atop a live volcano that hates anyone with a vowel in their name.
    Fact: Anyone can make up statistics and facts online and try and pass them off as real data without providing proper citations or butchering information to spin your direction. You must be new to the internet, welcome :)

  • Fact

    LMAO @ PSPDWILBOURN!!!! Good one.

    Sounds like all the guards from DC Gen are happy to see Cannon have some trouble of his own to take the spotlight off of their wrongdoings. Word to the wise... Even if he does get fired, someone new will come in to run the agency and they will bring their command staff w/them (just like any other Dept head). You may get a reprieve if you were in trouble for not doing your job or messing up on the job but sooner or later, the spot light will come back around to you and if your still wrong, your fired. You guys really do sound like you can't handle being a real police dept. LMAO at you all.

  • Time to Move ON

    PSPDWILLBURN,

    That's a good point, but Ray Charles can see it's clearly a leadership problem going on at PSD. We as people paint the picture that's most comfortable for us in most situations. I have read the 65 comments on this page and not being part of PSD or MPD, I can tell you it appears that Chief Cannon and PSD have many deep issues.

    The time has come to Move on as the citizens of the District are the only ones that really suffer and at the end of the day by this drama. If any of those accusations are found to be true Chief Cannon and his command staff need to be replaced, however if he is exonerated he will have a huge problem trying to repair his name and image.

    As a citizen of the District it's very frightening to think that any of this stuff is going on with people who carry weapons and have the legal right to take a person's freedom. I pray for PSD and a speedy conclusion to this situation. I know the people involved in this can't understand right now, but "THIS TOO SHALL PASS!

    Good Luck my friends in blue!

  • Gainey Just Go!

    My fearless leader, Commander "Sell Out" Gainey;

    Please explain to the rank and file, why we should listen and respect a Commander, who:

    The following information is the truth and nothing but the truth.

    Was given the job here at PSPD by Loose Cannon; with no formal police leadership experience. Who was forced to retire from MPD as a detective only, after being caught lying about crime closure stats.

    Who is a alcoholic and keeps liquor bottles under his desk, reaps of alcohol everyday, shows up to a police graduation drunk in Maryland- Driving the Blue Crown Vic (Bracey old car), walks around PSPD Headquarter with a red cup filled with liquor- like he is a college kid at GW Univ.

    Commits adultery with secretarial staff (Julie and Christina) and he stooped as low as to take a security guard (SPO from UCC) to Atlantic City with hope of once again committing adultery. But the guard could not bare to have sex with him. (Eric, Just look in the mirror and ask yourself would you do it...?) And you had the balls to take the cruiser to NJ, wow. Don't worry co-workers the guard has given all the information and statement to the proper authorities.

    Steals from the government: Did you know that while he is pretending to be a commander at PSPD he is working at another federal agency as a project manager at the same time (You are thinking to yourself that sounds like double dipping, you are right!) That is theft I!

    I could go on for days about him! I just look at him everyday and wonder when he is going to jail. It is just a matter of time.

    When you get a chance take a look at his driving record!Suspended in Maryland!

    And the management at DRES (Jasper- before getting fired) (Lehman- getting fired soon)(General Counsel Sabbakhan)(Hanlon- Who won't get confirmed)(Loose Cannon- Fired)(Watkins- getting fired soon for multiple violations to include taking kick backs) (Scott- getting fired soon for multiple violations to include taking kick backs) ALL KNOW ABOUT HIS UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR! I am looking everyday for a new job, my agency is so embarrassing.

  • Gainey Must Go

    My fearless leader, Commander "Sell Out" Gainey;

    Please explain to the rank and file, why we should listen and respect a Commander, who:

    The following information is the truth and nothing but the truth.

    Was given the job here at PSPD by Loose Cannon; with no formal police leadership experience. Who was forced to retire from MPD as a detective only, after being caught lying about crime closure stats.

    Who is a alcoholic and keeps liquor bottles under his desk, reaps of alcohol everyday, shows up to a police graduation drunk in Maryland- Driving the Blue Crown Vic (Bracey old car), walks around PSPD Headquarter with a red cup filled with liquor- like he is a college kid at GW Univ.

    Commits adultery with secretarial staff (Julie and Christina) and he stooped as low as to take a security guard (SPO from UCC) to Atlantic City with hope of once again committing adultery. But the guard could not bare to have sex with him. (Eric, Just look in the mirror and ask yourself would you do it...?) And you had the balls to take the cruiser to NJ, wow. Don't worry co-workers the guard has given all the information and statement to the proper authorities.

    Steals from the government: Did you know that while he is pretending to be a commander at PSPD he is working at another federal agency as a project manager at the same time (You are thinking to yourself that sounds like double dipping, you are right!) That is theft I!

    I could go on for days about him! I just look at him everyday and wonder when he is going to jail. It is just a matter of time.

    When you get a chance take a look at his driving record!Suspended in Maryland!

    And the management at DRES (Jasper- before getting fired) (Lehman- getting fired soon)(General Counsel Sabbakhan)(Hanlon- Who won't get confirmed)(Loose Cannon- Fired)(Watkins- getting fired soon for multiple violations to include taking kick backs) (Scott- getting fired soon for multiple violations to include taking kick backs) ALL KNOW ABOUT HIS UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR! I am looking everyday for a new job, my agency is so embarrassing.

  • Stop It Folks

    Oh Shit... this thing has gotten out of hand... don't spread this type of information out on a blog for the world to see. I have seen this stuff on multiple police related websites and law enforcement blogs. This is not good for the Protective Services Police Department. PSPD is turning into a joke, nationwide.

  • PSPDWILLBURN!!!ONE!!BLARGH

    People of the interwebs! Behold! I come only to bring the truth about the tyranny and disasterous PSPD. I will now rant for 5, maybe 6 paragraphs of supposedly true information of such evil characters employed within the depths of such a vile department. In fact, I took time out of my day to properly provide evidence and sources for all my information. And by "take the time to properly provide" I mean I come to the table with absolutley nothing. BUT, you could imagine what it would be like if I did!
    I'd rather spend my time thinking about how to efficiently place words that i vomit onto this blog than actually think that maybe most people are completely retarded and see past my amazing and terrifyingly large web of poop that i'm desperetly trying to sell as the truth.
    [this portion of my rant, I will fill with verbs and adjectives because I beleive that the longer my post, the more people will think I have any idea what I'm talking about.]
    Join me! Together, we can be the first people to ever succesfully feed the biggest load of poopy we beleive to be true, to the internet*

    *granted the population of the internet is braindead

  • Get Real

    Gainey must go,

    We all hope you find that new job soon.

    Kind regards,
    Everyone at DRES you didn't accuse

  • Remember This, PSPD Family

    Man it sucks coming to work everyday, working for a leadership that has no leadership ability. Chief "Loose Cannon" was fired! Finally, we all hope... except for his criminal fop buddies he hired and promoted. Those guys that have been promoted have no business wearing sgt. chevrons or bars at your local mall. I would get rid of all them so called leaders. When you really look at it the only ones qualified to be the chief are the two guys from PG Police. (Polk and Parker) At least they have proven management experience and hell one of them has a law degree. They were both police captains, that speaks volumes compared to being only mpd career sergeants.(Moore, Watkins, Cannon... and Scott (Based on the word on the street, very little experience.) Speaking of upper management- Gainey was a defective, no management training, Collins- nothing!) This morning when I looked around in roll call, I was sitting there with folks. That are truly embarrassing. I hope DRES management get rid of all those folks at the top. I think it time for a change. That is just my two cents! Lets start over fresh... working for Bracey was never this bad!!! Hey Lou you want to meet me at the range with the stolen weapons, for some target practice, I will bring the black male targets...

  • Lou is our hero… leave him alone

    I am a Finger Banger from Ocean City Police, name Brown. I got fired for sexual assault and now I am on PSPD (Life is good)I am on deck coach, I get fired from Anne Arundel County Police for making multiple false statements to Internal Affairs... Name Leo. Godwin can I give you some mints for your breath at roll call. Lt. Powell (ultimate kiss ass) a bullshiter in the military no experience in law enforcement.GG Neil, a retard I will help you write those reports. Jay Moore I have fallin and can't get up. This is fun working with you, criminals. We all would like to thank you, Loose Cannon for giving us jobs.

  • Scott… loser

    My name is Heath I want to go to the FBI Academy, boss (Even with only 1 year real police experience).I got my 31,000 pay raise (with our department cutting positions- except if you are small town cop that knows Watkins or if you are the FOP Presidents son). I got my buddy Jeff Rider a big raise and I got one of my buddy a job (Who was fired from MPD). We all worked for the same alarm company which is giving us kick backs, Wow. This is great. Where is our ID computer? Oh the IG took it with the search warrant. You guys are in deep do do. I am going to spread the word about the corruption here at PSPD. Bracey was not bad at all, I would work for him again. Watkins is a big joke as acting chief. Please get rid of them ASAP so we can move forward. I love having computers in my cruiser, this makes updating this blog easy. To all the uncorrupt members I work with- Be Safe.

  • SPO Investigations Unit

    I am a Finger Banger from Ocean City Police, name Brown. I got fired for sexual assault and now I am on PSPD (Life is good)I am on deck coach, I get fired from Anne Arundel County Police for making multiple false statements to Internal Affairs... Name Leo. Godwin can I give you some mints for your breath at roll call. Lt. Powell (ultimate kiss ass) a bullshiter in the military no experience in law enforcement.GG Neil, a retard I will help you write those reports. Jay Moore I have fallin and can't get up. This is fun working with you, criminals. We all would like to thank you, Loose Cannon for giving us jobs. Wow

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