David Hong currently serves as the commander of the Metropolitan Police Academy (MPA). The MPA provides training services to the members of the Department and to members of outside agencies, enabling them to become more capable, knowledgeable, and professional employees serving their organizations and the District. Prior to his promotion, Hong served as inspector of the Metropolitan Police Academy.
Hong began his career with the Metropolitan Police Department in 2007, serving as a patrol officer in the First District. In 2014, he became a sergeant in Fifth District where he transitioned into the district’s narcotic investigations supervisor. In 2015, he took an assignment as a detective sergeant with the Youth and Family Services Bureau, where he was assigned as the supervisor of the FBI Child Exploitation Task force, investigating internet crimes against children.
Hong was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2018, where he was assigned to the Sixth District as a patrol lieutenant. From there, he took an assignment at the Special Liaison Branch. The Department’s Special Liaison Branch (SLB) is a model for community policing in its work with historically underserved communities. He worked closely with the District’s vibrant communities, in particular its African, Asian, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, interfaith, LGBTQ+, and Latino communities. In 2019, David was promoted to the rank of captain and continued his tenure with the Special Liaison Branch. He was honored as captain of the year for 2021.
Hong was promoted to inspector of the Metropolitan Police Academy in July 2022.
Hong was promoted and elevated to commander in July 2023 by Acting Chief of Police Pamela A. Smith.