Washington D.C. Metropolitan  Police
BlackSheep Productions 2009
Introduction
MPD 1800-1860
MPD 1861 - 1865
MPD 1866 - 1899
MPD 1900 - 1909
MPD 1910 - 1919
MPD 1920 - 1929
MPD 1930 - 1939
MPD 1940 - 1949
MPD 1950 - 1959
MPD 1960 - 1969
MPD 1970 - 1979
MPD 1980 - 1989
MPD 1990 - 1999
MPD 2000 - 2009
MPD 2010 -2014
MPD 2015 to Current
MPD's  Afr. Amer
MPD Air Support
DC-Assassinations
MPD's Bicycle Unit
MPD's Bomb Squad
MPD Call Box's
MPD's  Chief's
MPD's C.D.U.
MPD Class Photos
MPD Communications
MPD's Current Fleet
MPD Current Patches
MPD's   Detectives
MPD's Facilities
MPD's Fallen Heroes
MPD Families
MPD Females
MPD Fraternal Org's
MPD  2017 Inauguration
MPD Genealogy
MPD's  Group Photos
MPD Harbor Unit
MPD Hat Badges
MPD Homicide Units
MPD Inaugural Badge
MPD's Irish History
MPD K-9 Units
MPD Memorial 
MPD's Motorcycle Unit
MPD Mounted Unit
Who is Chuck Gallagher
MPD Novelty Patches
MPD Obsolete Badges 
MPD  Obsolete Patches
MPD's Past Fleet
MPD  Patrol Badges
MPD Police Academy
MPD Police Week
MPD Property Div...
MPD Rank Badges
MPD's Reserve Force
MPD Spec. Evt Badge
MPD's  S.O.D.
D.C. "The City"
MPD & The President
MPD Trad. Badge
Site Acknowledgments
MPD District 1
MPD District 2
MPD District 3
MPD District 4
MPD District 5
MPD District 6
MPD District 7
Officer Sprinkle
John F. Parker
Strange Stories

I adopted this logo after coming across it at the end of a long - long day working on the site. I actually thought I was looking in a mirror. The only difference were the empty beer bottles I had next to me - lol. That's when I realized I wasn't looking at myself.  In May of the year 2009  I published the first edition of this site. The second being June of 2011, I hope you enjoy it as I have put thousands of hours into it.
11 YEARS LATER AND THIS SITE IS STILL GOING STRONG.  NOW I COLLECT MPDC PATCHES, PLEASE HELP ME OUT OF YOU HAVE ANY YOU WANT TO MOVE ! CpG 4.6.2020
This web site is in no way connected to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. I am a 30+ year veteran police officer in Mass. who is a  novice historian of the M.P.D.C. history & collect their memorabilia. The opinions on here ore my own and of no one else. This site is my attempt at showing my respect for the department and it's rich history of the men and women who have protected our nations capitol city.
MEDALS and AWARDS of the D.C. Metropolitan Police
Every year the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police hold an event recognizing their members of the M.P.D. who have gone above and beyond. Below are photographs and or information I have either found on line or been sent by members of the M.P.D. 

If anyone has a nice clean photo of each medal I would like to place them on this section.
And the award goes to....
Officer Matthew Morris and his wife Debbie attending an MPD  Awards Ceremony 
Members of the M.P.D. who attended the 2009 C.B.A. awards. This ceremony involved citizens who had chased down a suspect that had broken into a Church. They held the man until police could take custody of him.
MPO Kenneth Stewart receives an award for his part in the capture of the shotgun stalker
M.P.D. medal of Valor winners Officers Jesse Johnson and John Kline 
Photo provided by the M.P.D.
Photo provided by the M.P.D.
Latest M.P.D.C. Incidents
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The latest in crime fighting with the M.P.D.C. Metropolitan Police. The M.P.D.C. doing their best at protecting it's citizens while putting their lives on the line for them.
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  M.P.D.C.  Novelty Related Items For Sale
I have made this space for members of the M.P.D.C. and or their supporters to place ad's for novelty related items that are for sale. Please drop me a line to set it up for your item to... mpdchistory1861@yahoo.com 
 So if your district or organization or business  has something, (patch, pin, t-shirts,  coffee mugs anything like that) for sale send me an e-mail and I will post it on here for you. I will place a photo here as well as a forwarding address for them to get in touch with you or to your web site.
Finally, A true insider’s view of Police Work.
“The Erosion of the Thin Blue Line”. “Memoirs of My life as
a Washington DC Police Officer”

This autobiography is a first-hand account of over 30 years in Law Enforcement and Joe Massey’s career on the streets of Washington DC as a police officer. Stories of the day to day life as a police officer, the split seconds you have to make a decision that could change forever someone life, his first day on the street, to his last tour of duty.

This book has spared the political correctness to present a real view of what police work in a major metropolitan area was once like. Today an officer may end up in jail for using these methods of law enforcement. These stories cover all aspects of Joe’s life which he had experienced over his career as well as his personal struggles, trying to balance a family life, his coming of age, and the evolution of Police Work.

Joe shares with you the good, the bad, and the ugly of police work to include stories that the public will not believe.

The Thin Blue Line which separates the public from anarchy is eroding as a result of the second guessing of law enforcement along with the anti-police movement now sweeping across the country and causing “The Erosion of the Thin Blue Line”. Now you can peek behind the curtain of law enforcement practices of years gone by as Joe tells you the stories of his “Memoirs of My life as a Washington DC Police Officer”

My humble display of honor and dedication
Also available is Debra Wolfe's book titled, "Center of Mass". Debra has written about her days as the first female K-9 Officer for the MPDC as well as the first female assigned to a Scout car. Personally I enjoyed reading it  and I think you will to.
(Article from WJLA, Washington D.C.) - 
We found pictures of MPD Officer Jerome Lucas from 25 years ago on a shooting scene. He had a black beard then, but it’s mostly white now as he continues to patrol D.C.’s Sixth District like he has for the past 45 years.

Lucas still qualifies physically and on the shooting range, but he is 66 years old – and for that reason, the Department decided three months ago to start enforcing a decades-old policy that you must retire at the age of 64. Now, Officer Lucas and 16 others must go.

"Everything that's required I still do -- as far as handling assignments on the streets, I still do," says Lucas, who tells us he loves being a police officer.{ }

Now, the FOP Police Union is backing him and planning a lawsuit on behalf of those with decades of experience who are being forced off the department:
On Thursday, Mayor Gray deferred to his managers and was reluctant to say much:

"Age requirements are becoming much more flexible, but obviously when you talk about law enforcement, you're talking about a more stringent set of requirements."
Lucas is a Vietnam veteran and displays his Marine Corps banner in his cruiser as he patrols. He also became a certified EMT due to all of the violence in his district.

And after 45 years in one police district, people now know him well. He's an excellent police officer," says on District resident.  He kept my son in check," adds another.  "Lucas knew me since I was a little kid, used to get on me...all the thugs know him, everybody in the neighborhood, all the kids in school..." says Calvin Jones.  Lucas is also a member of the MPD’s Honor Guard, and said he wanted to put in five more years to make it 50 years.
Officer Jerome Lucas, a D.C. Metropolitan Police Icon
Something a man can be proud of............
Community     Engagement     Academy     2018
Chief of Police - Peter Newsham
How DC Police showed great courage and professionalism on Thursday
by Tom Rogan
 | February 14, 2020 
Police officers receive increasing criticism these days. And to be sure, some of that criticism is both fair and necessary.

Still, when officers show extraordinary courage in protecting the public, they deserve some recognition. And that's the case with two separate incidents in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

First, a dispute between two men in the capital's business district escalated when one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the other in the head, killing him. Hearing the gunshots, D.C. police officers responded rapidly to the scene. They located a suspect and chased him. The Washington Post reports how "witnesses on social media recounted a chaotic scene, describing officers with guns drawn chasing the suspect past churches, a theater, a law firm and restaurants." Following an exchange of fire, the suspect was detained — alive, and with only a minor injury.
Then, later Thursday evening, police received 911 calls of shots fired in the residential Petworth neighborhood. According to the chief of police, responding officers located a suspicious individual who fled when challenged. Pursuing him, officers were forced into a gunfight. The suspect was injured and taken to hospital, as was an officer with minor injuries.
In both these separate shootings, police officers did three things extraordinarily well. They responded quickly to serious threats to public safety, they efficiently located relevant suspects, and they took great personal risks to apprehend them. Apart from the original victim, no members of the public were harmed.

We should bear close attention to these facts. Today, too many are willing to label the police as enemies of the people. And it carries a real cost. I can speak to this personally. Before Christmas, I saw two seemingly affluent individuals aggressively filming police officers as they detained and professionally searched a suspect near my residence. The camera idiots reeked of liberal elitism. A month or so later, a man was murdered right next to where the first police search had occurred. Those with the cameras hadn't bothered to turn up that time.

What we saw on Thursday was some extraordinary police work. We should thank and salute those who did it.



Please feel free  to e-mail me any new information about the MPDC in action protecting their citizens..
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Please go to the "M.P.D. Memorial" page on this site to find out the latest information on the progress of this well overdue project. Breaking Ground is right around the corner !
On behalf of the Washington D.C., Metropolitan Police Department Memorial and Museum Project, Inc., we are pleased to announce that the D.C. Government has authorized the renovation of the neglected Police Memorial Fountain, as well as the building of a new police memorial wall that will appropriately honor our 121 officers who died in the line of duty.

READ MORE ON THE M.P.D. MEMORIAL PAGE !
ROLL CALLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE CHANGING, AS YOU SEE CHIEF PETER NEWSHAM in the photo below left having outside roll call while demonstrating social distancing. This is the common method of police roll calls  around the country are taking place. Here the Metropolitan Police are setting the example for the rest of us while we battle this Coronavirus. Police are also being stricken with this horrible virus as they maintain the front lines for our fellow citizens. Click the above link in RED to see how the M.P.D. is dealing with this international crisis.
​April 2020
This isn't the first time the Police in Washington have been forced to deal with a pandemic. In 1918 they challenge was presented to them under much harsher times....
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Roll call isn't the only thing that's changed !
A socially distant goodbye to a D.C. police sergeant who died on duty, WJLA Courtney Pomeroy
Earlier this month, two Metropolitan Police Department sergeants died after suffering medical emergencies. Their deaths are not believed to be related to COVID-19, but the virus has affected their funeral services.

Normally, a church would be packed for a fallen officer's funeral. However, due to bans on large gatherings, funeral homes across the country are currently limiting services to 10 people or less.

Still, members of the department took efforts to say goodbye to Sergeant Mark Eckenrode last week, and Sergeant Donna Allen on Wednesday.

"It's been an unimaginably tough week for the MPD family," Police Chief Peter Newsham wrote on Twitter as he shared the news about Sergeant Allen's death on April 8. " Our heartfelt condolences go out to Sergeant Allen's family and friends. Donna's over three decades of service to MPD and this city will never be forgotten."

The hope is that the officers' decades of service to the department can be honored at a large memorial service once the coronavirus pandemic is behind us.
2nd Molotov cocktail launched at DC police parking lot; 1 suspect arrested
Megan Cloherty | @ClohertyWTOP

April 23, 2020, 11:27 PM

Police are investigating whether the same suspect is responsible for two Molotov cocktails launched into D.C.’s Sixth District station grounds this month.  At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Robert Watlington called in that someone had just thrown a Molotov cocktail at him as he was getting into his unmarked cruiser in the parking lot on Hayes Street NE.
The Molotov cocktail hit the cruiser, and Watlington was not hurt.  Watching a suspect attempt to flee, Watlington chased the man down 49th Street NE and arrested him.
Ashton Nesmith, 26, of Northeast, faces several charges, including assault with intent to kill and assault on a police officer.  It’s the second similar incident in a month. D.C. police records show that on April 12 around noon, police called D.C. Fire and EMS to respond to what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail discovered burning in the parking lot.  The fire damaged two police cars, according to the report. There weren’t any reported injuries.


Police: Man threw lit Molotov cocktail at DC Officer
The suspect approached an officer sitting in an unmarked vehicle, threw the explosive and fled.
Michael Balsamo
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors announced charges Friday against a man they say threw a lit Molotov cocktail at a police officer sitting in an unmarked car in the nation’s capital.

Ashton Nesmith, 23, is accused of walking up to a police officer who had just entered the vehicle outside a police station in northeast Washington around 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, lighting the flammable liquid in the bottle and throwing it at the officer, according to federal prosecutors.

The Molotov cocktail hit the police car, bounced off and then exploded, officials said. No one was injured.  Neshmith fled from the scene, but officers chased him on foot and took him into custody, police said.

He was charged with arson, using and discharging a destructive device during a crime of violence and possessing a destructive device. Nesmith appeared in federal court in Washington on Thursday and was ordered held without bail.

“The conduct alleged in the criminal complaint posed grave danger to DC Metropolitan Police Department officers, at a time when officers continue to risk their lives to serve and protect the public during this time of crisis,” said U.S. Attorney Timothy Shea.
Carjacking Suspect Caught After Shooting at Officers, Barricading in Strangers’ DC Home: 
The suspect barricaded himself in an occupied home, which had children inside
By NBC Washington Staff • Published May 18, 2020 • Updated on May 19, 2020 at 1:41 pm

​D.C. police have captured a suspect in multiple carjackings who allegedly shot at police officers in Southeast D.C. and barricaded himself inside a stranger's home, forcing the residents, including children, to flee, police say.

Tywan Cummings, 40, of Southeast D.C., was shot and has been taken to a hospital for treatment, D.C. police said Tuesday. He was then arrested on numerous charges, including assault, carjacking, burglary, kidnapping and cruelty to children.

Information was not immediately released on whether any officers or bystanders were injured.

Cummings was believed to be involved in multiple armed carjackings in Maryland counties Sunday and early Monday, police said.
 Police were chasing Cummings about 2 a.m. when he crashed into a car and an MPD vehicle near Pennsylvania and Alabama avenues SE. The suspect got out of a car and exchanged gunfire with police, Jeffery Carroll, Metropolitan Police Department assistant chief of police. Cummings was struck by officers' returning fire, police said Tuesday.

Cummings then ran to a home in the 3900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, which was occupied. Police believe there were children inside. The residents were able to escape safely, and Cummings barricaded himself in the home, according to police.

"He was just trying to get away from police," Carroll said.

SWAT officers eventually entered the home and brought Cummings out without gunfire, Carroll said. One gun was recovered in the home and another was found in the car the suspect had been driving, police say. Cummings was expected to be charged in multiple districts, Carroll said. In D.C., he was charged with assault on a police officer, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, burglary, kidnapping, armed carjacking, first-degree cruelty to children and other crimes.

Pennsylvania Avenue SE was closed between Alabama and Southern avenues SE as multiple agencies coordinated, police say. Police later said the closure extends only from Fort Davis Place to Southern Avenue. Police cars from D.C., Prince George's County, Montgomery County and Bowie were spotted at the scene by News4 crews.

Several officers were placed on administrative leave, per policy as police-involved shootings are reviewed. That includes D.C. and officers from each Maryland jurisdiction, according to D.C. police. A group of investigators was clustered around a sedan, News4 video from the scene shows. Overnight, D.C. police alone warned the public of five robberies or attempted robberies in all four quadrants of the city. It's unclear if the suspect in the barricade situation is connected to any of those crimes.

Police didn't provide details on the investigation until after the suspect was captured, saying it's an "active investigation." The investigation is taking place less than a mile from the D.C.-Maryland line. Drivers can take Massachusetts Avenue and Naylor Road as alternates.