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Apr 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Community, News & Features

Metropolitan Police Department Announces Retirement of Assistant Chief Groomes; Rolls out Re-Alignment of Patrol Services

(Washington, DC) – The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) 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 (PSSSB) for nearly 10 years, Assistant Chief 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, including the Full Stride Program in 2008 and the sector model in early 2017. Assistant Chief Groomes’ unwavering focus on and commitment to the District’s residents and visitors has been one of the Department’s most valuable assets in crime prevention and reduction.

“Since her first day on the job, Diane recognized the importance of community policing and the great responsibility that comes with wearing an MPD badge,” said Acting Chief of Police Peter Newsham. “She embedded herself in the community because she truly cared about the District’s people and their well-being. For the past three decades, I have had the honor to call Diane a trusted colleague and friend and wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement.”

Assistant Chief Groomes first joined MPD in October 1990 and quickly moved up the ranks. She started as an officer in the Fourth District and then transitioned to Sergeant in the Fifth District. As Sergeant, she helped develop the PSA model, and was also part of the team that received top honors for the largest crime reduction in the city. She was promoted to Lieutenant in the Third District in 2000 where she focused her efforts on the violent crime issues surrounding the nightlife areas. Assistant Chief Groomes also helped implement a number of innovative programs including the community listservs, expansion of neighborhood patrols, and the DC Fashion Idol program for at-risk youth.  In August 2005, Chief Charles Ramsey promoted her to Fifth District Commander where she served a diverse business and residential community. In September 2007,  Assistant Chief Groomes was promoted to her current position.

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