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Phil McHugh

Service Wonk


Cred SPA/BA justice ’08, SPA/MS justice and public policy ’09

Livelihood Member of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and former assistant to chief of police Cathy L. Lanier, with responsibility for coordinating day-to-day departmental operations, overseeing threat assessments and intelligence operations, and serving as the chief’s liaison to the community and other government entities

Interests Law enforcement, sentencing policy reform, domestic security, music, personal fitness, Philadelphia sports teams

Focus Making our nation’s capital a safer place to live, work, and play

Recent Awards Metropolitan Police Department 2011 Officer of the Year, Metropolitan Police Department’s Meritorious Service Medal

Last Book You Read It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff

What Keeps You Up At Night? Some days are definitely harder than others. No one calls the police to say, “I’m having a great day.” Thoughts of the good we can do tomorrow and for the safety of my friends working at night keep me awake.

Are You a Wonk? Yes, I’m definitely a service wonk. I think everyone has a responsibility to help others and to do their part to improve our community. Serving the citizens of Washington, D.C., is an honor, and it’s a responsibility I take very seriously.

Additional Links Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department
Making a Difference in D.C. panel
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund