Robert Contee currently serves as the Assistant Chief of the Professional Development Bureau at the Metropolitan Police Department. Appointed to this position on August 2016 by Police Chief Cathy Lanier, Assistant Chief Contee is responsible for Human Resources Management Division, Disciplinary Review Division, the Metropolitan Police Academy, Recruiting Division, Nightlife Unit, and the Patrol Support Team.
Assistant Chief Robert Contee first joined the Metropolitan Police Department as a police cadet in November 1989. He became a sworn member of the Department three years later and quickly rose through the ranks, achieving the rank of sergeant in 1997, lieutenant in 2000, and captain in January 2004. He continues to serve in his 27-year career with MPD.
Chief of Police Charles H. Ramsey promoted him to commander in charge of the Second Police District in August 2004. Contee was transferred to the Special Operations Division in April 2006, where he was responsible for overseeing tactical patrol, special events and traffic safety functions. Following his post at SOD, Assistant Chief Contee became commander of the Sixth District, before taking command of the Recruiting Division in October 2014. He was named commander of the First District in January 2016.
During his career, Assistant Chief Contee has served in a variety of assignments, including the Third District as a patrol officer, the Second District, and the Training Academy as a sergeant. Additionally, as a lieutenant, he worked in the Second District, Regional Operations Command-East and led the Intelligence Branch. Prior to being promoted to commander of the Second District, he served as captain in charge of the Violent Crimes Branch, which investigates homicides, sexual assaults and other serious crimes citywide.
Assistant Chief Contee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies with a concentration in Police Science from George Washington University. He has also completed the Management College at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration and the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) of the Police Executive Research Forum in Boston, Massachusetts.