A 23-year-veteran of D.C.’s police department is now overseeing security in the city’s long-struggling public school system, which has in recent months been plagued with lockdowns, scattered increases in violence and near-daily student arrests.
Michael Reese has replaced Cheryl Pendergast, who retired from the force to work at Catholic University.
For most of his career, he has handled violent crime cases.
He told The Examiner that he is focused on creating a culture where students are motivated to learn.
“It’s not always about locking up the kids,” he said. “I want to get rid of the fear in schools.”
Thursday, April 17, 2008
New DCPS security chief: Michael Reese
DCPS has a new sheriff in town and he's named Michael Reese.