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Welcome to the First District

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I am both humbled and honored to have been chosen by Chief of Police Robert Contee to lead the men and women of the First Police District. Throughout my 38-year tenure with MPD, I have been fortunate enough to be assigned to six of the seven police districts, with four years at the First District.

While I would like to say that things can’t have changed much and that my transition back to 1D will be seamless, I know that will not be the case. A community as large and as diverse as 1D -- with thousands of residents, visitors, and daily commuters -- has certainly changed over the past 15 years. I look forward to re-learning the residential neighborhoods and business communities, and to meeting the community members who call the first district their home. I am excited by the possibilities before me and I am hopeful that the community will come to trust me enough for us to have both the pleasant and the tough conversations that may lie ahead.

Those of you who have met me know I am a plain-spoken, honest person, who is always willing to listen and discuss important issues. For those of you who have not met me yet, I look forward to getting to know you and doing my best to serve the interests of all the citizens of the First Police District.

Commander Ralph McLean
First District Commander

For information about the First District, choose from the following:


First District Station
101 M Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: (202) 698-0555

First District Substation
500 E Street, SE
Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 698-0068
Fax: (202) 727-4028

Overview map of the First Police District (Washington, DC)


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Stay in touch with your community and police leadership by joining the online community group for the First District. Posts to the discussion are monitored by police leadership to provide accurate, timely responses to community questions. Residents are encouraged to ask questions and contribute suggestions to the discussion. DO NOT use the email group to report crime or emergencies. Call 911 or use the Citizen Online Reporting Tool for certain property-related offenses. Note that the discussion is governed by the Policy and Guidelines for Online Community Groups.