Commander David Taylor is a 25 year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC and a native Washingtonian. He was raised and received his primary education in Ward 7. His journey to his current position has been marked with repeated success which can be directly attributed to his enormous amount of practical and cognitive knowledge.
Commander Taylor’s career includes many critical assignments. He was the Commanding Officer of the School Safety Division where he commanded school safety efforts. In this capacity, he developed strategies and policies to ensure the overall safety and security of all the District’s school children.
Commander Taylor was the Commanding Officer of the Patrol Support Unit where he managed a series of weekly revolving personnel in excess of five hundred members. This unit delivered supplemental staffing to the patrol districts in order to support their daily operations.
Commander Taylor served in many positions within the Criminal Investigations Division. He served as Branch Commander of the Homicide Branch as well as District Detectives Units. Here he managed violent and property crime investigations in all seven districts. Additionally, he served as a lieutenant managing the Fifth District Detectives Unit. Under his leadership, his team achieved the highest closure rates bringing closure to countless victims of violent and property crimes. He served as a detective sergeant in the Seventh District Detectives Unit, arguably one of the most challenging investigative units in Criminal Investigative Division.
Commander Taylor patrol career includes serving as Assistant District Commander of both the Sixth District and the Seventh District. Notably, each of these districts earned the citywide crime reduction award during the times Commander Taylor was serving there. This accomplishment garnered him the honor of receiving the Captain of the Year Award from the Chief of Police as the Assistant District Commander of the Seventh District. Commander Taylor was a patrol sergeant for Patrol Service Area 308 and was a patrol officer in the Fifth District. Commander Taylor began his career as a Police Cadet and attributes the program to his success. The Cadet Program formed and solidified the firm ideological foundation of teamwork and collaboration on which he stands today. The Cadet Program instilled in Commander Taylor great values, principles, ethics, sense of responsibility and leadership; all which prepared and remained with him as he moved forward throughout his career.
Commander Taylor earned a Masters of Art Degree in Organizational Management in 2005 and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management from Morgan State University in 1994. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a member of the District of Columbia Commission of African American Affairs. He coaches Middle School Football and is a mentor to several young men.