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Metropolitan Police Department Announces Retirement of Assistant Chief Groomes; Rolls out Re-Alignment of Patrol Services

(Washington, DC) – The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) would like to announce the retirement of Assistant Chief Diane Groomes effective April 29, 2017.

As Assistant Chief for Patrol Services and School Safety Bureau (PSSSB) for nearly 10 years, Assistant Chief Groomes has been instrumental in creating a model community policing program in Washington, DC. During her 27-year tenure, she developed and expanded a number of innovative patrol initiatives, including the Full Stride Program in 2008 and the sector model in early 2017. Assistant Chief Groomes’ unwavering focus on and commitment to the District’s residents and visitors has been one of the Department’s most valuable assets in crime prevention and reduction.

“Since her first day on the job, Diane recognized the importance of community policing and the great responsibility that comes with wearing an MPD badge,” said Acting Chief of Police Peter Newsham. “She embedded herself in the community because she truly cared about the District’s people and their well-being. For the past three decades, I have had the honor to call Diane a trusted colleague and friend and wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement.”

Assistant Chief Groomes first joined MPD in October 1990 and quickly moved up the ranks. She started as an officer in the Fourth District and then transitioned to Sergeant in the Fifth District. As Sergeant, she helped develop the PSA model, and was also part of the team that received top honors for the largest crime reduction in the city. She was promoted to Lieutenant in the Third District in 2000 where she focused her efforts on the violent crime issues surrounding the nightlife areas. Assistant Chief Groomes also helped implement a number of innovative programs including the community listservs, expansion of neighborhood patrols, and the DC Fashion Idol program for at-risk youth.  In August 2005, Chief Charles Ramsey promoted her to Fifth District Commander where she served a diverse business and residential community. In September 2007,  Assistant Chief Groomes was promoted to her current position.

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“SPREAD SOUTHSIDE LOVE” Mural featuring Frederick Douglass and his friends

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

“SPREAD SOUTHSIDE LOVE” Mural featuring Frederick Douglass and his friends

16th & W STREET SE [2200 16th Street SE] 

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HISTORIC ANCOSTIA, WASHINGTON, D.C.: During the week leading to the birthday celebration muralist Rebeka Ryvola has been working with community members to install a new mural honoring Frederick Douglass and his friends at the newly renovated corner store at 16th and W Street SE, down the street from the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

Ephrame Kassaye, the new owner of the corner store, has supported an effort to create an honorific and community-based mural on the 16th Street SE side of his building, similar to the mural of the 1963 March on Washington on the side of a building he owns at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Mellon Street in Congress Heights.

The mural, “Spread Southside Love,” re-creates an imaginary Sunday literary salon on the back lawn of Cedar Hill. Captured in the public artwork is the historic home, Anacostia River, DC Capitol and Washington Monument in the background.

Douglass is joined by friends and contemporaries, including radical abolitionist John Brown, activist lawyer and the first black graduate of Harvard Richard Greener, journalist and Civil Rights leader and suffragette Ida Wells, first African American to serve a full-term in the United States Senate Blanche K. Bruce, abolitionist and Douglass mentor Wendell Phillips, and groundbreaking journalist Grace Greenwood, seen playing baseball with a number of modern day neighborhood children. A young person serenades the gathering with the violin.

Ryvola, who has worked with the Anacostia Watershed Society, will finish the mural installation on Saturday, February 17.

For more information on the mural visit http://rebekaryvola.com/#/frederick-douglass-mural-commission/

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Where to celebrate Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday around D.C.

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Frederick Douglass was born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Although the abolitionist and author lived in New York and Massachusetts after escaping slavery, he spent the last years of his life in Washington, serving as a U.S. Marshal and the city’s recorder of deeds, and living at a 15-acre estate in Anacostia named Cedar Hill.

It is at Cedar Hill, now the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, where the National Park Service will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Douglass’s birth on Feb. 17 and 18. (Douglass’s actual birth date is unknown, and he chose to celebrate it on Feb. 14 later in life.) National Park Service spokeswoman Pya Langley says the two-day celebration will be the biggest celebration of Douglass’s life at any Park Service site this year. “Some of our other sites highlight his life,” she says. “But this is the only site 100 percent-dedicated to Frederick Douglass in the [NPS] system.”

This weekend’s festivities are not the only way to honor one of America’s greatest statesmen: There are tours and events around the area throughout February.

Read more at The Washington Post

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