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
“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
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
Acting police chief Robert J. Contee III, speaking at a news conference, called the incident “embarrassing,” adding, “It’s certainly something that I do not tolerate.”
May 4, 2021
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
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
Acting Police Chief Yogananda Pittman asked the Department of Defense to continue to provide support in the Capitol, where 5,200 guardsmen are currently deployed.
March 5, 2021
“Our Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including, termination,” Chief Yogananda Pittman said. “Several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations.”
February 19, 2021
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
If the no confidence vote is successful, it would send a message to the department and the public that more than 1,000 union officers want new leadership.
February 10, 2021
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
Robert J Contee III, a 31-year veteran who joined the force as a cadet while a senior in high school, will take over from outgoing Police Chief Peter Newsham on Jan. 2.
December 23, 2020
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
The two U.S. Capitol Police officers and three Alexandria Police Department officers who jumped into action when a gunman opened fire at a Congressional baseball practice in Virginia last June were honored Sunday with a prestigious "Officer of the Year" award.
October 23, 2017
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