Durriyyah Habeebullah currently serves as the Commander of the Sixth District within the Metropolitan Police Department. Commander Habeebullah is experienced in implementing patrol strategies to combat crime in the neighborhoods that make up the Sixth District. In the summer of 2018, she led a Summer Crime Initiative (SCI) area covering most of Patrol Service Area 608 and part of 602 that had the largest percent reduction in serious crime of all other SCIs. From 2010 to 2016, Habeebullah supervised detectives in the Sixth District, first as a sergeant and then as a lieutenant, learning about the Sixth District community and serving those who had been victims of crime.
Prior to serving as Commander of the Sixth District, she was the Inspector of Patrol Services South in the Sixth District. Prior to serving as Inspector, she was the Deputy Director and then Acting Commander of Youth and Family Services Division (YFSD). The YFSD is the division responsible for investigating child abuse and neglect, child sexual abuse and exploitation (including child pornography and prostitution), juvenile missing persons and parental kidnapping, and persons in need of supervision.
Habeebullah began her career with the Metropolitan Police Department in September of 1994. After graduating from the Academy, she was assigned as an Officer in the Seventh District. As an officer she aspired to learn all areas of policing and was chosen to become a member of the Asian Liaison Unit located in the First District. In 1998, she returned to the Seventh District as an Officer and became a member of the Seventh District Vice Unit. She then moved to the Major Narcotics Unit (NSID) and became a member of the Strike Force Unit where she earned several unit citations for her work in targeting open air drug markets in the District.
In 2005, she was promoted as an Investigator and assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau, Fifth District Detective’s Office. There, she investigated general and violent crimes occurring in Ward 5.
She was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2006 and was assigned to the Third District Patrol, PSA 305. Although she enjoyed walking the U Street Corridor and engaging with citizens and business owners in her PSA, she jumped at the opportunity to supervise members of the Narcotic and Special Investigations Division’s Gun Recovery Unit. During the first year supervising the unit, they were responsible for recovering over 300 guns from the streets of DC.
In June of 2009, Habeebullah left the Gun Recovery Unit was assigned as a squad Sergeant to the Homicide Unit, Squad Six and later transferred to the Sixth District Detective’s Unit in 2010. She remained in the detective’s office managing and supervising investigations even after being promoted to Lieutenant in 2014.
In August of 2016, Habeebullah left Investigations and became the Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Police Academy where she promoted to the rank of Captain in 2017. In the same year, she was named Captain of the Year for the Professional Development Bureau. While at the Academy, she was responsible for overseeing the Recruit Training Program, the Tactical Training Program, the Continuing Studies Branch, the development of the Detective Grade1 Promotional Process, and oversaw the installation of the Solar Panel Project on the grounds of the Academy.
Commander Habeebullah is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia where she obtained her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Habeebullah has been a resident of the District of Columbia since 1988.