The Nation's Capital: Crime Prevention in the Sixth Metropolitan Police District

contee1Safe neighborhoods represent a major concern for residents of the Metropolitan Police Department's (MPD) Sixth District. Among the seven police districts, as reported in MPD’s Crime Totals by Districts, the Sixth District has one of the highest number of homicides.

On March 13, 2013 in a Washington Post article titled Residents of Violence-Plagued D.C. Neighborhood Feel Largely Ignored in Gun Violence Debate,” Washington Post writer Krissah Thompson points out that the Sixth District ranked first or second in lives lost to gun violence with 19 people killed in 2012 and 22 in 2011.

What are the causes of gun violence in the Sixth District? Has MPD initiated any new strategies aimed at reducing homicides? 

In recognition of Black History Month on Wednesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Robert Contee, Commander of the Sixth District, will address these issues.

In 1989, Contee joined the force as a police cadet and became a sworn member of the Department in 1992. He has served with distinction in a variety of assignments, ultimately earning a promotion to Commander of the Second District. He later assumed leadership of the Sixth District. A graduate of the Management College at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration, Commander Contee is committed to higher education and continues his studies in Police Science at George Washington University.