Robert Contee currently serves as the Assistant Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau at the Metropolitan Police Department. The Investigative Services Bureau (ISB) works with the community to solve crimes, bring offenders to justice, support the recovery of victims, and protect witnesses. Appointed to this position in March 2018 by Police Chief Peter Newsham, Assistant Chief Contee is responsible for the implementation of goals and objectives set by the Chief of Police and Mayor of the District of Columbia.
He 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, serving in a variety of assignments. He started as a patrol officer in the Third District and a patrol Sergeant in the Second District. As a lieutenant, he worked in Second District patrol operations and led the Intelligence Branch.
Assistant Chief Contee was promoted to Second District commander in August 2004 and was transferred to the Special Operations Division (SOD) in April 2006, where he was responsible for overseeing tactical patrol, special events and traffic safety functions. Following his post at SOD, Assistant Chief Contee became commander of the Sixth District, before taking command of the Recruiting Division in October 2014. He was named commander of the First District in January 2016, and was appointed Assistant Chief of MPD’s Professional Development Bureau in the summer 2016 where he oversaw the Human Resources Management Division, Disciplinary Review Division, the Metropolitan Police Academy, and Recruiting Division. In April 2017, Assistant Chief Contee was named Patrol Chief of Patrol Services South (PSS), which included his oversight of the First, Sixth, and Seventh Police Districts.
Assistant Chief Contee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies with a concentration in Police Science from George Washington University. He has also 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.