Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia

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Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia
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Incumbent
Cathy L. Lanier

since January 2007
Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia
Reports to Mayor of the District of Columbia
Seat Washington, D.C., U.S.
Appointer Mayor of the District of Columbia
Precursor Major and Superintendent
Formation 1953
First holder Robert V. Murray
Website http://MPDC.DC.gov

The Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, generally simply referred to as the Chief of Police, is the head of the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. The post is currently held by Cathy L. Lanier.

History[edit]

In 1861, the Metropolitan Police Board unanimously chose one of its members, William Benning Webb, to serve as the first chief of the Metropolitan Police, the formal title at the time being "Major and Superintendent".[1]

In 1953 Congress passed the District Government Reorganization Act. It formally abolished the rank and title of Major and Superintendent and replaced it with the position of Chief of Police. Robert V. Murray would be the last Major and Superintendent and the first Chief of Police of the MPD.[2]

The Metropolitan Police has a comprehensive list online of past and present police chiefs.

Heads of the Metropolitan Police[edit]

Chief of Police[edit]

Major and Superintendent[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MPDC. "William B. Webb". mpdc.dc.gov. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  2. ^ MPDC. "Robert V. Murray". mpdc.dc.gov. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 

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