Commander Michael Coligan currently serves as the Commander of the School Safety Division; the division responsible for supporting a safe learning environment for all students in the District of Columbia. He oversees all School Resource Officers, who are MPD officers with specialized training in working with youth and serve as a resource to a school and its staff. Michael Coligan was promoted to the Commander of the School Safety Division in September 2018.
Commander Coligan joined the Metropolitan Police Department on May 22, 2000, and began his career as a patrol officer following his training at the Metropolitan Police Academy. Coligan has since risen through the ranks, making Sergeant in December 2005, Lieutenant in December 2009, Captain in October 2014, and Inspector in August 2016. Coligan has had a diverse career within MPD, working and supervising in numerous departmental units. These units include three different patrol areas in Washington, DC, Safe Streets Task Force, the Gun Recovery Unit, and the School Safety Division.
During his 18-year career with MPD, Commander Coligan has also served in a variety of assignments, including the First District as a Patrol Officer, the Third District as a Sergeant, the Seventh District as both a Lieutenant and Captain. As Lieutenant of the Gun Recovery Unit, he managed the day-to-day operations of the unit, worked on strategic briefings, and coordinated investigations with federal agencies. Coligan then served as Captain of the Seventh District and later served as Captain of the School Safety Division. Before serving as Commander, he served as the Inspector of the School Safety Division.
Commander Coligan has received numerous awards throughout his career, such as Achievement and Service Medals and the PSA Officer of the Year. Additionally, while serving as Inspector of the School Safety Division, he was recognized as Inspector of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. Also, his assigned area for MPD’s Summer Crime Initiative had the largest crime reduction rate for the summer of 2014.
Commander Coligan holds a Bachelor's of Science degree with a double major of Political Science and Justice Studies from Frostburg State University. He has also completed the National SRO (School Resource Officer) Supervisors and Management Course conducted by the National Association of School Resource Officers.