Top police patrol officer announces retirement
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.