Top po­lice pa­trol of­fi­cer an­nounces re­tire­ment

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - — Ryan M. Mc­Der­mott

The head of Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Depart­ment’s Pa­trol Divi­sion an­nounced her re­tire­ment Wed­nes­day, end­ing a 27-year ca­reer with the depart­ment.

As­sis­tant Chief Diane Groomes, who ran pa­trol strat­egy for Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice for nearly 10 years, will spend her last day in a D.C. po­lice uni­form on April 29.

Act­ing Chief Peter New­sham, who is un­der­go­ing hear­ings to be­come the next per­ma­nent chief, lauded Chief Groomes for ser­vice to the com­mu­nity, call­ing her a “trusted friend.”

“She’s a leader who works tire­lessly — with high ex­pec­ta­tions of those around her and with em­pa­thy and out­reach that de­fines what we’ve come to ex­pect in true com­mu­nity polic­ing,” said D.C. Coun­cil mem­ber Charles Allen, who heads the Public Safety Com­mit­tee.

Chief New­sham said Chief Groomes’ po­si­tion will be di­vided be­tween two pa­trol chiefs — one for the north and one for the south. The re­align­ment will take ef­fect Sun­day.

Pa­trol Ser­vices North Bureau in­cludes the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th po­lice dis­tricts, and Pa­trol Ser­vices South Bureau in­cludes the 1st, 6th and 7th dis­tricts.

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