34.4 C
Monday, September 11, 2023

Pamela A. Smith

Acting Chief of Police

On July 17, 2023, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she selected Pamela A. Smith to serve as the next Chief of Police at the Metropolitan Police Department.

Pamela A. Smith has over 25 years of law enforcement experience and a decorated career having achieved numerous commendations and awards. While in the United States Park Police, Smith served in major city field offices across the United States including San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Washington, DC, rising through the ranks to become Chief of Police for the United States Park Police in 2021.

She began her career with the United States Park Police in 1998 as a patrol officer in the San Francisco Field Office and received numerous commendations for her proactive efforts with drug enforcement, sobriety checkpoints, and community engagement. As her experience grew, she was reassigned to the New York Field Office where she continued her remarkable work ethic and joined the Canine Unit as a Canine Handler in the Explosive Ordinance and Detection Unit. She transitioned to a Senior Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Law Enforcement Driver Training Program in Glynco, GA. She rose through the ranks as sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, deputy chief and was ultimately promoted to Chief of Police, becoming the first African-American female to serve as Chief in the agency’s 230-year-old history.

After a successful career in law enforcement with the US Park Police, Smith joined the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in May 2022 as the Chief Equity Officer, assigned to the Executive Office of the Chief of Police. She led the department’s efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), made an immediate impact at the MPD and ensured that DEI issues remained a priority in the department. She developed an organizational channel for department-wide accountability by providing strategic advice to the Chief of Police, executive leadership, and senior management officials within the department. In addition to her DEI focus, she supervised the Directorates for Employee Well-Being and Support Unit and Equal Employment Opportunity Office.

She made a significant impact in a brief time span and in April 2023, was promoted to the Assistant Chief of Police, Homeland Security Bureau where she led the operational and administrative functions of the Special Operations Division, Joint Strategic & Tactical Analysis Command Center, and the Office of Intelligence.

Acting Chief Smith is well known for her law enforcement commitment and advocacy, leadership, and her skillful passion to forge relationships within the agency and across the communities she serves. Throughout her distinguished career, she has earned numerous awards and recognitions from several organizations including the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE), the Women in Federal law Enforcement Public Service Award, Northeast Region Equal Employment Opportunity Office Recognition of Outstanding Excellence; and the National Council of Negro Women Award for Working Together in Unity.

Smith is a member of several organizations including the Washington Metro Chapter, National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executive, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE). She’s also a sought-after speaker and panelist for many platforms focused on women in law enforcement, leadership, diversity and inclusion, and more.

It was her early years in foster care in Pine Bluff, AR that fueled her passion for helping and advocating for children. And as a minister today, she uses her platform to counsel and mentor youth and young adults to make a positive impact on their lives.

Smith has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. She is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy (Session 265).

Contact Email:

District Crime Data at a Glance

2023 Year-to-Date Crime Comparison*

As of September 8, 2023

The statistics below reflect the data entered into MPD’s records management system as of 12 am on the date above. These numbers are based on DC Code Offense definitions and do NOT reflect Part I crime totals as reported to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). This report should be considered ‘preliminary’ in nature. The reports are subject to change due to subsequent determinations related to amendments in classification, unfounded cases or changes in offense definitions.

Offense 2022 2023 Percent Change
Homicide 144 186 29%
Sex Abuse 104 112 8%
Assault w/ a Dangerous Weapon 986 1,019 3%
Robbery 1,437 2,395 67%
Violent Crime – Total 2,671 3,712 39%
Burglary 752 749 0%
Motor Vehicle Theft 2,344 4,966 112%
Theft from Auto 5,401 5,402 0%
Theft (Other) 7,150 8,804 23%
Arson 3 9 200%
Property Crime – Total 15,650 19,930 27%
All Crime – Total 18,321 23,642 29%

2022 Year End Crime Data*

Year-end 2022 data accurate as of January 1, 2023.

Offense 2021 2022 Percent Change
Homicide 226 203 -10%
Sex Abuse 181 158 -13%
Assault w/ a Dangerous Weapon 1,665 1,387 -17%
Robbery 2,046 2,082 2%
Violent Crime – Total 4,118 3,830 -7%
Burglary 1,173 1,050 -10%
Motor Vehicle Theft 3,493 3,761 8%
Theft from Auto 8,688 7,825 -10%
Theft (Other) 10,905 10,832 -1%
Arson 4 4 0%
Property Crime – Total 24,263 23,472 -3%
All Crime – Total 28,381 27,302 -4%

*Not including unrest-related burglaries

Recovered Firearms

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
1,919 1,938 1,330 2,178 1,706 1,870 2,191 1,928 2,299 2,371 2,310 3,152

20-Year Homicide Trend

2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
203 226 198 166 160 116 135 162 105 104*

*The citywide 2013 homicide statistics include the 12 victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting incident that occurred on September 16, 2013.

2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
88 108 132 144 186 181 169 196 198 248
Previous article

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay Connected


Latest Articles