Robert Alder retired in May 2017.
Robert Alder served as the Assistant Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), managing the Investigative Services Bureau (ISB). His position is one of six Executive Command Staff positions that are responsible for the implementation of goals and objectives set by the Chief of Police and Mayor of the District of Columbia. He offers more than two decades of accomplishments and experience in the arena of law enforcement.
In this appointed position, Assistant Chief Alder is a key contributor in the establishment of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) community policing efforts as it is known today. The Investigative Services Bureau (ISB) works with the community to solve crimes, bring offenders to justice, support the recovery of victims, and protect witnesses.
Assistant Chief Alder first began his law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Police Department in 1989 as a recruit and has over 25 years of experience with the agency. Since joining MPD, Assistant Chief Alder first was assigned to the Sixth District as an officer. He quickly rose through the ranks first as an investigator at the Third District, then in his role as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division’s Homicide Branch for 14 years. Assistant Chief Alder continued to serve in different positions at the Homicide Branch as a Squad Sergeant, Platoon Lieutenant, Acting Captain, and as Captain until March 2015. The majority of Assistant Chief Alder’s experience has been in the Criminal Investigations Division where, as Commander of the Division, he supervised more than 350 personnel assigned to the division, oversaw the investigation of criminal offenses occurring in the District of Columbia, and learned first-hand not only the investigations but the operations of the division.
Assistant Chief Alder is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute in Virginia where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He attended and is trained in numerous courses including: homicide/death investigation, experienced officer class, investigating child abuse deaths, investigating, and responding to sexual assaults course to name a few. Additionally, he is a member of the International Homicide Investigator’s Association and served on the District of Columbia Child Fatality Review Committee.