Commander Robert Contee 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.
Chief of Police Charles H. Ramsey promoted him to commander in charge of the Second Police District in August 2004. Commander 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.
Throughout his career, Commander 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.
Commander Contee has 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. Because he is a command official who believes in continued education in his discipline, he is also studying Police Science at George Washington University.