Metropolitan Police Department

New DC Police Chief Goes From Crime Scene to Swearing-In Ceremony

Police said a man was taken to a hospital on Saturday with non-life threatening injuries after an officer shot him

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser swore in Robert J. Contee III as the new police chief of the Metropolitan Police Department on Saturday.

Contee is a District native and a 31-year veteran of the MPD.

Contee left a crime scene on Saturday morning in Northwest D.C. before heading to the swearing-in ceremony.

Police said a man was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries after an officer shot him. Early in the investigation, it was unclear whether the man fired a weapon. A semi-automatic handgun with an extended clip was found at the scene, police said.

The incident highlighted one of the goals and challenges Contee faces as he leads the 4,400 member force — the number of illegal guns on streets.

"This is almost eight o'clock in the morning, we have an individual, armed individual, on Georgia Avenue out here with a firearm. I mean, that's just totally unacceptable," Contee said.

Before becoming chief, Contee was assistant chief of the Investigative Services Bureau, a position to which he was appointed in 2018 by former chief Peter Newsham.

Contee has spent his career with MPD and has risen through the ranks. His past roles include patrol officer, lieutenant and commander for the First, Second and Sixth Districts.

As assistant chief of MPD’s Professional Development Bureau, he oversaw the Disciplinary Review Division, police academy and recruitment division.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser named Robert Contee as the next chief of the Metropolitan Police Department. News4’s Mark Segraves reports.

In December, Contee introduced himself as a "native son" of D.C. who wants to set a standard of excellence for policing in the 21st century, focusing on reducing violent crime and getting repeat offenders off streets.

Contee said he participated in former Mayor Marion Barry’s summer job and youth leadership programs, which helped lead him to opportunities as a D.C. police cadet at 17 years old.

“I have not forgotten where I come from,” Contee said in December. “These life experiences will help me to lead and guide the men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department.”

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