Chief Lanier talks about arrests of Marc Washington, Linwood Barnhill Jr.

(WJLA) - D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says investigators acted quickly and responsibly in the recent arrests of two D.C. officers on allegations of child pornography and prostitution.

Lanier spoke out about the arrests Tuesday on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt.

Lanier said that both Linwood Barnhill Jr. and Marc Washington were hired before extremely strict recruiting and hiring practices were put into place. Barnhill, who joined the force in 1989, is accused of running a prostitution ring involving teenage girls.

Washington was arrested on child pornography charges. His body was pulled from the Potomac River earlier this month. He had been with the force for seven years

In both cases, supervisors acted on information as soon as they received word of the allegations, according to Lanier. She also points out that the department now has a rigorous recruiting process which was not in place when Barnhill and Washington were hired.

She went on to say that the Metropolitan Police Department does its best to screen and evaluate its current officers.

There are about 4,000 members of the D.C.'s police force.