April 19, 2017
Metropolitan Police Department Announces Retirement of Assistant Chief Groomes; Rolls out Re-Alignment of Patrol Services
(Washington, DC) - The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) would like to announce the retirement of Assistant Chief Diane Groomes effective April 29, 2017.
As Assistant Chief for Patrol Services and School Safety Bureau (PSSSB) for nearly 10 years, Assistant Chief Groomes has been instrumental in creating a model community policing program in Washington, DC. During her 27-year tenure, she developed and expanded a number of innovative patrol initiatives, including the Full Stride Program in 2008 and the sector model in early 2017. Assistant Chief Groomes’ unwavering focus on and commitment to the District’s residents and visitors has been one of the Department’s most valuable assets in crime prevention and reduction.
“Since her first day on the job, Diane recognized the importance of community policing and the great responsibility that comes with wearing an MPD badge,” said Acting Chief of Police Peter Newsham. “She embedded herself in the community because she truly cared about the District’s people and their well-being. For the past three decades, I have had the honor to call Diane a trusted colleague and friend and wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement.”
Assistant Chief Groomes first joined MPD in October 1990 and quickly moved up the ranks. She started as an officer in the Fourth District and then transitioned to Sergeant in the Fifth District. As Sergeant, she helped develop the PSA model, and was also part of the team that received top honors for the largest crime reduction in the city. She was promoted to Lieutenant in the Third District in 2000 where she focused her efforts on the violent crime issues surrounding the nightlife areas. Assistant Chief Groomes also helped implement a number of innovative programs including the community listservs, expansion of neighborhood patrols, and the DC Fashion Idol program for at-risk youth. In August 2005, Chief Charles Ramsey promoted her to Fifth District Commander where she served a diverse business and residential community. In September 2007, Assistant Chief Groomes was promoted to her current position.
Given this transition, the Patrol Services and School Safety Bureau will be divided into two bureaus: Patrol Services North (PSN) Bureau and Patrol Services South (PSS) Bureau. Taking effect April 23, 2017, the Patrol Services North Bureau includes the second, third, fourth, and fifth police districts and the Patrol Services South Bureau includes the first, sixth, and seventh police districts. Each patrol bureau will be led by a Patrol Chief, who will ensure a seamless transition and provide executive command leadership for MPD’s patrol operations to better serve residents and meet community needs. This organizational realignment will enhance district accountability and provide the Chief of Police with additional visibility and insight into MPD’s patrol activities and services.
As part of this realignment, MPD’s School Safety Branch (SSB) will move under the Investigative Services Bureau’s (ISB) reporting directly to the ISB Assistant Chief. This transition will help facilitate MPD’s youth services and investigations, as well as more effectively align the Department’s outreach and support efforts for children and families throughout the city.
MPD will be hosting two community meetings to introduce the Patrol Chiefs, further describe these changes, and answer questions from community members. We invite all community members to attend these events and provide feedback about how the Department can better serve your needs. The Patrol Services South (PSS) community meeting will be held on Monday, April 24 at 7PM at THEARC (1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020). The Patrol Services North (PSN) community meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 PM at the Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs (2000 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009).