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Chief - Metropolitan Police Department

Open Date:      August 26, 2016

Closing Date:  Open until filled



The Chief of Police performs a variety of complex administrative, supervisory and professional work in planning, coordinating and directing the activities of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of the District of Columbia.

The Department is the sixth-largest municipal police department in the country, serving an area of 68 square miles and approximately 670,000 residents. It has a budget of more than $550 million, an authorized strength of 4,000 uniformed members, and approximately 500 civilian employees.   It is the mission of the Metropolitan Police Department to safeguard the District of Columbia and protect its residents and visitors with the highest regard for the protection of human life.  We strive at all times to accomplish our mission with a focus on service, integrity, and fairness by upholding our City’s motto Justitia Omnibus -- Justice for All.  To learn more about MPD, please visit here.



  • Plan, coordinate, supervise, and evaluate Department operations.
  • Strengthen police and community relations with a renewed focus on engagement.
  • Work with partners in government and the community to be part of the Administration’s comprehensive public safety approach to making the District safer and stronger.
  • Communicate the Mayor’s vision and the agency’s needs to the Council of the District of Columbia which has oversight of the agency.
  • Develop policies and procedures for the Department mandated by law, to ensure efficient operations of the Department, and to implement directives from the Mayor.
  • Set and review Department performance and effectiveness, and formulate programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies or expand successes.
  • Coordinate the information gathered and work accomplished by uniformed members and civilian staff.
  • Review and determine optimum effectiveness in terms of current public safety demands and officer resource deployment.
  • Conduct data analysis to assess criminal trends, similarities, or associations with other cases.
  • Supervise and coordinate the preparation of the Department’s annual budget; direct the implementation of the Department's budget.
  • Oversee the hiring of new officers and manage the attrition of retiring and exiting personnel while maintaining a force that is reflective of the diversity of the District.   
  • Supervise the development and maintenance of systems, records, and legal documents that provide for the proper evaluation, control, and documentation of Department operations.
  • Coordinate and supervise the training, assignment, and development of subordinate officers and civilian staff.
  • Maintain Departmental discipline, and the conduct and general behavior of Department personnel.
  • Prepare and submit required reports to the Mayor, City Administrator, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Operations or Council regarding the Department's activities, and prepare a variety of other reports as appropriate.
  • Engage with elected or appointed officials, other federal, regional, and local law enforcement and judicial system officials, community and business representatives, and the public on all aspects of the Department's activities.
  • Represent the Department in a variety of local, regional, and other meetings.
  • Cooperate with federal and regional law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
  • Coordinate activities and exchange information with officers in other law enforcement agencies, the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, the D.C. Superior Court, other government agencies, and the federal government.
  • Ensure compliance with and timely response to Freedom of Information Act requests.
  • Ensure that laws and ordinances are enforced and that public peace and safety is maintained.
  • Direct investigation of major crime scenes.
  • Perform the duties of subordinate personnel as needed.
  • Analyze and recommend improvements to Department equipment, training, protocols and facilities, as needed.
  • Participate in various federal, regional and District committees.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration or a closely related field.



Fifteen (15) years of experience in police work, five years of which must have been equivalent to lieutenant or higher.
Thorough knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment.  Thorough knowledge of applicable laws and ordinances applicable to police departments.


There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

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