The Metropolitan Police Department would like to announce the retirement of Assistant Chief Diane Groomes effective April 29, 2017. As Assistant Chief for Patrol Services and School Safety Bureau for nearly 10 years, AC Groomes has been instrumental in creating a model community policing program in Washington, DC. During her 27 year-tenure, she developed and expanded a number of innovative patrol initiatives and undoubtedly has been one of the Department’s most valuable assets in building relationships with the community and reducing crime throughout the city.
For the past three decades, I have had the honor to work alongside Diane and consider her a trusted friend and colleague. The District of Columbia meant the world to her and it showed in her approach to policing. She policed the city with compassion, integrity, and grit. Diane was proud to wear the MPD badge and embraced the great responsibility that came with it. I am thankful for her service to the community and wish her all the best in her retirement.
With this transition, we will be restructuring the Patrol Services Bureau. First, Patrol Services will be divided into two bureaus: Patrol Services North (PSN) and Patrol Services South (PSS). Taking effect April 23, 2017, the Patrol Services North Bureau includes the second, third, fourth, and fifth police districts and the Patrol Services South Bureau includes the first, sixth, and seventh police districts. Each patrol bureau will be led by a Patrol Chief, who will ensure a seamless transition.
As part of this realignment, MPD’s School Safety Branch will move under the Investigative Services Bureau (ISB) and report directly to the Assistant Chief of ISB.
MPD will be hosting two community meetings to introduce the Patrol Chiefs, further describe these changes, and answer questions from community members. As valuable partners of MPD, we invite you to attend, and to encourage others from the community to join us as well.
· The Patrol Services South (PSS) community meeting will be held on Monday, April 24 at 7PM at THEARC (1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020).
· The Patrol Services North (PSN) community meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 PM at the Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs (2000 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009).