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Commander Keith Williams

Commander Keith Williams is currently the Director in the Metropolitan Police Department’s Office of Risk Management in the Executive Office of the Chief of Police. In this role, Commander Williams supervises a staff of auditors, analyzes current MPD practices, and prepares reports with recommendations directly to the Chief of Police. The Office of Risk Management is the primary liaison with the DC ORM for OSHA inspectors that also conducts special investigations, provides ethics reviews, and processes and analyzes all civil claims.

Commander Williams first began his career with the Metropolitan Police Department in 1990 and has over 25 years of experience with the Agency. He was first assigned to the Seventh District as a patrol officer and then went on to become a Master Patrol Officer in the Fifth District.  Upon promotion to Sergeant, he was reassigned to the Seventh District, then the Police Recruiting Unit. As a Lieutenant, he held numerous positions in patrol, Homicide Division, and served as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Operational Services.

In his rank as Captain, Williams was reassigned to the Fifth District and then reassigned to Evidence Control.  He spent time at the Fourth District before moving on the create the School Safety Division, and then the Office of Risk Management. AS an Inspector, he was selected to build and move the Evidence Control Division to the new state of the art facility. From there, Commander Williams relocated to the Crime Scene Investigations Division to complete the build and move to the new Consolidated Forensics Laboratory.  Commander Williams then spent time as the head of the Metropolitan Police Academy before returning to the Office of Risk Management.

Commander Williams holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Justice, Law and Criminology & Public Administration from American University and a Master of Science of Management from Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland. Commander Williams is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University’s Institute of Police Science and Safety & Security Leadership Programs; instructing in courses such as Leadership, Values and Ethics, Strategic Planning and Budgeting, and Strategic IT Investment and Performance Management. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member in AU’s Justice, Law and Criminology Program, teaching Policing in America and Critical Issues in Policing courses.

Commander Williams has published numerous articles on policing, and has presented before the United States Department of Justice, as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police-American University around policing topics. He has completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Death Investigation School, and Interview and Interrogation School programs among other trainings such as the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Interview and Interrogation Training, and the Public Safety Institute’s Advanced Investigative Techniques Training. Williams also is a USA Hockey SafeSport Affiliate Coordinator and serves as a mentor at American University’s Leadership Program. Commander Keith Williams is currently the Director in the Metropolitan Police Department’s Office of Risk Management in the Executive Office of the Chief of Police. In this role, Commander Williams supervises a staff of auditors, analyzes current MPD practices, and prepares reports with recommendations directly to the Chief of Police. The Office of Risk Management is the primary liaison with the DC ORM for OSHA inspectors that also conducts special investigations, provides ethics reviews, and processes and analyzes all civil claims.

Commander Williams first began his career with the Metropolitan Police Department in 1990 and has over 25 years of experience with the Agency. He was first assigned to the Seventh District as a patrol officer and then went on to become a Master Patrol Officer in the Fifth District.  Upon promotion to Sergeant, he was reassigned to the Seventh District, then the Police Recruiting Unit. As a Lieutenant, he held numerous positions in patrol, Homicide Division, and served as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Operational Services.

In his rank as Captain, Williams was reassigned to the Fifth District and then reassigned to Evidence Control.  He spent time at the Fourth District before moving on the create the School Safety Division, and then the Office of Risk Management. AS an Inspector, he was selected to build and move the Evidence Control Division to the new state of the art facility. From there, Commander Williams relocated to the Crime Scene Investigations Division to complete the build and move to the new Consolidated Forensics Laboratory.  Commander Williams then spent time as the head of the Metropolitan Police Academy before returning to the Office of Risk Management.

Commander Williams holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Justice, Law and Criminology & Public Administration from American University and a Master of Science of Management from Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland. Commander Williams is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University’s Institute of Police Science and Safety & Security Leadership Programs; instructing in courses such as Leadership, Values and Ethics, Strategic Planning and Budgeting, and Strategic IT Investment and Performance Management. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member in AU’s Justice, Law and Criminology Program, teaching Policing in America and Critical Issues in Policing courses.

Commander Williams has published numerous articles on policing, and has presented before the United States Department of Justice, as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police-American University around policing topics. He has completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Death Investigation School, and Interview and Interrogation School programs among other trainings such as the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Interview and Interrogation Training, and the Public Safety Institute’s Advanced Investigative Techniques Training. Williams also is a USA Hockey SafeSport Affiliate Coordinator and serves as a mentor at American University’s Leadership Program.