Michael E. Reese is a 25-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department. Inspector Reese is currently assigned to Patrol Services and School Security Bureau, First District.
Inspector Reese’s law enforcement career began in 1982 with the City of Gary, Indiana police department where he was assigned to patrol and traffic duties. Inspector Reese began his career with the Metropolitan Police Department on September 16, 1985. After completing the training requirements with the Metropolitan Police Department, he was assigned to the First District. In the First District he served 3 years as a foot beat, motorcycle beat and scout car officer. In October of 1986 he was nominated and selected as “Cop’s Cop” for capturing a violent sexual predator.
In September of 1988, Inspector Reese was transferred to the Youth Division and assigned as an investigator in the Child Abuse Section. In September 1989, he was promoted to Detective Grade 2 within the same unit. In October of 1990, he was promoted to sergeant and transferred to the Seventh District. His duties at the Seventh District were patrol for 9 months, vice sergeant for 2 years and detective sergeant for 2 years. In 1996, he served in the Homicide Branch until he was promoted to lieutenant in March of 1997 and re-assigned to the Third District.
His duties at the Third District were all patrol related. In June of 1998, he was given a collateral duty as commander of the newly created Prostitution Enforcement Unit. The successful performance of the unit was noted by the Chief of Police. Near the end of his tour of duty on December 7, 1998, his birthday, Inspector Reese gave himself a nice birthday present by capturing an armed drug dealer, an action also noted by the Chief of Police.
In January 1999, the Metropolitan Police Department decentralized the majority of the Criminal Investigations Division to include the Homicide Branch and Sex Branch. As a lieutenant he was selected as the commander for the Fifth District Detective’s office and assisted the agency with embarking of the new investigative strategy. The Fifth District’s Detective office was now responsible for the investigation of property crimes as well as all violent crimes to include homicides and sexual assaults.
In January 2000, he was promoted to the rank of captain and assigned to the Seventh District. In June of 2001, the agency centralized investigative units and Inspector Reese was selected to assist the agency with centralizing investigative units. Inspector Reese has been associated with the successful closure of several major criminal investigations.
In September of 2007, Inspector Reese was transferred to the Internal Affairs Bureau, where he was the commanding officer of the Forced Investigation Team. The bulk of Inspector Reese’s career has been within investigative units.
On January 20, 2008, Inspector Reese was transferred and promoted to the rank of Inspector where he is served as the Director of the School Security Division.
On November 1, 2008, Inspector Reese was transferred to the First District as the Assistant Commander. Within the boundaries of the First District are the United States Capitol, The White House, The United States Supreme Court, various Secretaries of federal agencies, and the Central Business within the City of Washington, D.C. The calls for service within the First District are double compared to the other police districts within the Metropolitan Police Department.
On January 7, 2011, Inspector Reese was promoted to the rank of Commander and transferred to the Second District.
Commander Reese has attained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana State University, Master Degrees from the University of the District of Columbia and The Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and currently serves as the Past President on the DC Alumni Chapter Executive Board of the FBI National Academy Associates. Inspector Reese has attended numerous training from federal and local agencies as well as creating partnerships with major corporations to investigate property crimes. Commander Reese is in the final phase of the Executive Leadership Program hosted by the Center for Homeland Defense at the Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.