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Washington DC Chief Commits to Recruiting More Female Officers

Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said that by joining dozens of other departments in the “30 x 30 Pledge” — an initiative meant to encourage increasing the percentage of female officers in recruiting classes to 30 percent by 2030 — he wants to make D.C. police “the most equitable agency for women in the law enforcement field.”

March 9, 2022

DC Chief Links Marijuana to Rise in Violent Crime

DC Chief Links Marijuana to Rise in Violent Crime

“We have taken on a mindset that marijuana is not really a big issue in our city,” Chief Robert Contee said. “I can tell you that marijuana undoubtedly is connected to violent crimes that we are seeing in our communities.”

July 26, 2021

Former Maryland Chief Named Next Capitol Police Chief

Former Maryland Chief Named Next Capitol Police Chief

Chief Thomas Manger retired from the Montgomery County Police Department in April 2019. He has served 42 years as a police officer, having led the Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department before taking the chief's job in Montgomery County.

July 21, 2021

Probationary DC Officer Fired Over Patrol Vehicle Racing Incident

DC Chief Plans to Shift Focus of Guns Unit

Acting Chief Robert J. Contee III said he wants to focus less on seizing as many firearms as possible and instead intensify efforts on identifying and arresting people who use guns for violence or threats.

March 11, 2021

General's Report on DC Riot Says Capitol Police Need 884 More Officers

General's Report on DC Riot Says Capitol Police Need 884 More Officers

The report says the Capitol Police were "understaffed, insufficiently equipped and inadequately trained" to secure the Capitol and Congress members against the mob on Jan. 6, a 24/7 so a "Quick Reaction Force" (QRF) must be established amid growing security threats to the building.

March 8, 2021

Capitol Police Want 60-Day Extension on National Guard Aid

Capitol Police Vote No Confidence in New Chief

The union said that 92% of its members voted no confidence in acting Chief Yogananda Pittman, who assumed the role two days after the riots. Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou said there are leaders within the department that are better suited for leadership.

February 16, 2021

Board Appoints New U.S. Capitol Police Chief

Board Appoints New U.S. Capitol Police Chief

Yogananda Pittman becomes the first woman and first black person to serve in the post. She comes into the position experienced. She led the security footprint for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

January 13, 2021

DC Mayor Taps Veteran Metro Officer as Next Police Chief

DC Chief Steps Down to Lead Prince William County Police

Washington, DC, Police Chief Peter Newsham is leaving the force to take over the police department in Prince William County, Va., ending a three-decade career in law enforcement in the nation’s capital.

November 25, 2020

Capitol Police, Alexandria Officers Awarded 'Officer of the Year' Honors
Washington DC Police Chief Officially Confirmed

Washington DC Police Chief Officially Confirmed

The D.C. Council on Tuesday confirmed Peter Newsham as police chief. He has been serving as acting chief since Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) chose him to fill in for Cathy L. Lanier, who retired in September.

May 3, 2017

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