Washington, D.C., Police Department Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes to retire by end of April, 2017

April 20, 2017: Washington, D.C., Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes, who has overseen all the department’s patrol officers for nearly a decade, plans to retire at the end of April, 2017, to take a lead security job at a company developing the District’s waterfront, according to two officials familiar with the decision. Groomes, who joined the Metropolitan Police Department—the official name of D.C.’s city government police department--in 1990, is the highest-ranking and most recognizable officer to depart since Cathy L. Lanier retired as the Police Chief in September, 2016, to run security at the National Football League. A Spokesman for the Wharf development confirmed Groomes’s move, which was first reported by WRC-TV, Channel 4, in Washington, D.C. Currently, Groomes oversees the entire District police department’s Patrol Division. Groomes was low-key in terms of media exposure, but she was routinely present at community meetings and at breaking crime scenes, and her popularity among neighborhood leaders helped engineer Lanier’s community-policing model. City officials said she is scheduled to lead the security at the $2 billion Wharf project, the redevelopment that is transforming the District’s Southwest Waterfront with 3.2 million square feet of apartments, offices, hotels, boat slips and bars. The first phase is expected to open in October, 2017.


Attribution: WRC-TV, Channel 4; The Washington Post



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