May 03, 2017
DC Police Chief Peter Newsham

Chief Newsham joined the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in 1989 and rose quickly through the ranks, serving in a number of district operational assignments. Then MPD Chief Charles H. Ramsey promoted him to Commander of the Second District in January 2000.  In June 2002, Mr. Newsham was promoted to Assistant Chief in charge of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), which included the Internal Affairs Division, Civil Rights and Force Investigation Division and Compliance Monitoring Team, responsible for overseeing the MPD's Memorandum of Agreement with the US Department of Justice. He took the position of Assistant Chief in Charge of ROC-North in July 2004. On 23 September 2007, then Chief Cathy Lanier announced a reorganization of the Metropolitan Police Department and put Assistant Chief Newsham in charge of the Internal Affairs Bureau. In 2009, he was named the Assistant Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau. Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Mr. Newsham Interim Chief of Police on 15 September 2016; he was named Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department on 23 February 2017. Chief Newsham holds a Bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a Law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland Bar.