WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — The new year is off to a violent start in this district, but deputy mayor Lindsey Appeare isn’t deterred.
Appiah said the Metro Police Department, which she oversees, is constantly strategizing how to fight crime while murders, auto thefts and assaults with deadly weapons occur.
“Reducing crime is absolutely necessary. That’s what we were charged with,” said Apia. “There is too much gun violence in our city and our country.”
When the mayor introduced her at a press conference earlier this month, Bowser said Appiah, 42, was “urgently attacking her job.”
“I believe public service is a higher mission, and I have been providing public service since 2009, working for the national and local governments that I love,” said Apia. “I believe in serving people.”
The Massachusetts native said her Ghanaian father and American mother (who spent time in foster care) shaped her.
Her main role and the mayor’s expectation, she said, is to make all DC residents feel safe. But her deputy mayor admits she has her own job cut short.
“If you ask me if we have a crime problem, if someone in our city is a victim of crime, I think it’s a problem,” said Appiah. Whether or not people are victims of crime is a problem.”
The proliferation of guns in the district makes that difficult, she said.
“I think we have a gun violence problem, and I’m keeping that separate because violent crime and crime overall have been down for the last nine years,” she said. There are tons of guns in the District of Columbia, and we have a lot of legal and illegal guns.”
Given that the district is grappling with rising crime among youth, her many years of experience as general counsel and interim director in the DC Division of Youth Rehabilitation Services give her a unique perspective on how to address them. gives you a perspective.
However, the increase in guns on the streets has fueled juvenile crimes such as carjacking and murder.
“We seem to have learned the value of life, and our young people are really taking some of it,” she said. I have reached where I am now.”
What is her relationship with police chief Robert Conti?
“I love Chief Conti because he loves this city,” she said. “So my relationship with the chief is her one of support, because that’s a big job.”
Appia still has a “deputy” deputy mayor in her position because the city council has yet to approve her. said.
Appiah said this was the job she deserved and she was ready to carry out the mayor’s orders to keep the city safe.
“I have a strong belief in the mayor, in her leadership, and in the priorities she has set for us,” she said. I wouldn’t even name him unless I believed he was someone who could really help bring strategic oversight and partnerships to life.”