Benefit Name Benefit Description
Annual Leave 13 days to start, 20 days after 3 years, 26 days after 15 years
Sick Leave 13 days per year and may accumulate without any limit over career
Paid Holidays 11 paid holidays annually
DC Paid Family Leave Up to eight (8) work weeks of paid leave for the birth of a child, adoption or to care for a family member within a 12-month period
Federal Family and Medical
Leave Act (FMLA)
Allows up to 12 work weeks of leave for a serious medical condition, birth of a child, adoption or to care for a family member with a serious medical condition
DC Family and Medical
Leave Act (FMLA)
Allows for up to 16 weeks of leave within a 24-month period for a serious medical condition, birth of a child, adoption, to care for a family member with a serious medical condition (Federal Family Leave is to be taken simultaneously).
Overtime Additional duty, including court time, is compensated in accord with the Fair Labor Standards Act and the union contract either as compensatory time (that can be used in place of leave or banked if it is FLSA compensatory time) or overtime
Uniforms and Equipment Uniforms and equipment are provided at no cost to the officer. Only items officer pays for are socks, shoes, and regular belt for pants.
Life Insurance Eligible for group life insurance at low cost to employee
Health Insurance Choice of at least 3 different health plans from HMOs to PPOs
Attorney Coverage MPD and FOP jointly pay for on-call attorney coverage for members so that attorneys are available to assist members in on-duty incidents, such as officer-involved shootings, as well as with private matters such as drawing up wills, divorce representation, and real estate closings.
Dental & Vision Coverage Excellent dental and vision coverage through plans negotiated for the rank and file by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Fitness Centers Academy and all patrol districts have fitness centers provided at no cost to employees
Language Stipend Program Officers who take and successfully pass a foreign language test that emphasizes conversational skills receive a language stipend of $50 per pay period or $1,300 per year in additional pay.
Metropolitan Police Employee Assistance Program (MPEAP) MPD and FOP pay for MPEAP services that are free to sworn personnel and their families including post-shooting debriefings, as well as family and marital counseling services
Police & Fire Clinic (PFC) Provision of free health services for on-duty injuries or illnesses and free wellness services such as flu shots, TB shots, nutrition and smoking cessation classes
Retirement Eligible for retirement after 25 years of service with MPD at any age
Savings Plans Eligible for various savings plans including deferred compensation as before-tax savings
Training 28 weeks of intensive academic and physical skills training including 2 weeks of firearms training, 1 week of civil disturbance training to handle protests, 1 week of vehicle skills training, and officer survival skills training.
Recruit Rental Assistance Program Eligible MPD recruits who sign up between October 2017 and March 2018 will receive rental assistance of $1,000 per month for six months, for properties in DC.


Deferred Compensation

All District of Columbia employees are eligible to participate in a Deferred Compensation Program. This is a savings system through pre-tax deductions and allows employees to accumulate funds for long-term goals, including retirement. The portion of salary contributed reduces the amount of taxable income in each paycheck. The IRS determines the annual maximum deferral amount. Employees can choose from various fixed or variable investment options. For more information, call a representative of the D.C. Department of Human Resources at (202) 442-9749.


The position of police officer is in the collective bargaining unit represented by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through an automatic payroll deduction. Through contracts negotiated by the FOP, there are also generous optical and dental benefits for officers, investigators, detectives, and sergeants. Contact the FOP, (202) 548-8300, for more information about the benefits and services it provides to MPD officers.

Tuition Reimbursement

The Department's Tuition Reimbursement Program (TRP) has been expanded. Now, you may seek reimbursement of up to $800 per semester/session for two undergraduate courses or one graduate course. The maximum tuition allowed is $2,400 per academic year, for a total of six undergraduate, or three graduate, courses. Students are responsible for making all up-front tuition payments themselves. Those who receive a grade of "C" or better are eligible for reimbursement of tuition and mandatory fees only (all other charges are paid by the student). Courses may be taken at any accredited college or university. Classes do not have to be directly related to an employee's present position or a specific promotional opportunity. However, the courses must be related to the mission or a critical function of the MPDC and District of Columbia government.


Police officers are eligible to collect pension benefits after 25 years of service, regardless of age. Pension benefits are calculated at the rate of 2.5 times average base pay times the years of creditable service up to a maximum of 80% of the sworn member’s average pay.  Longevity increases of 5, 10, and 15% of base salary in appreciation of continued service at 15, 20, and 25 years of service.  Longevity increases may be included when calculating the final pension, provided that the member has completed 25 years of service.  Officers who work for MPD beyond 25 years continue to earn 2.5 percent over their standard pension benefits for every year worked past the 25-year minimum. Pension benefits are subject to regular cost-of-living increases.


The Metropolitan Police Housing Assistance Program (MPHAP) provides police officers in the District of Columbia with financial assistance and other incentives to become first-time homeowners in Washington, DC.

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August 6, 1861, Congress passed an Act which declared the boundaries of DC to constitute...

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...a police district to be called the “Metropolitan Police District”. The newly elected President, Abraham Lincoln presided over the creation of this new police department. Washington, DC was divided into 10 precincts; each headed by a sergeant with 150 privates divided among the precincts. An officer’s salary was $480 a year and they had to be at least 5 feet 6 inches tall, able to read and write, between the age of 25 and 45, and were required to provide their own guns.

March, 1865 – MPD handled their first Presidential Inauguration...

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...MPD intercepted John Wilkes Booth during his first attempt to assassinate President Lincoln at the inauguration of Lincoln’s second term.

In 1890 women were officially hired as Matrons which handled female prisoners and children...

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...In 1917, the Women’s Bureau of the MPD was created in order to give women a more active role in investigating. The Bureau became nationally recognized for its proactive ideas and methods.

In 1913, the Department purchased the first motorized vehicles (10 motorcycles) to assist the...

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...bicycle squads and by 1914, five “motor patrol” wagons were purchased. In 1915, the first police school was established to train officers in using their firearms and basic first aid.

In 1934 the first Metropolitan Police Boys Club was established The club was designed to...

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...keep young men out of trouble and provide them with positive role models, and the club still exists today as the MPD Boys and Girls Clubs. The club was such a success that other cities quickly followed in the footsteps of the MPD.

In November 1948, the Metropolitan Police Reserve Corps was established and...

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...first deployed on October 31, 1951 with the original responsibility to guard fire alarm boxes to prevent people from mischievously sounding fire alarms on Halloween Night.

In 1951 the Chief, Robert V. Murray established an Internal Investigations...

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...Division during his tenure.

In 1962 Officers began to patrol and monitor traffic in a private helicopter.

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In 1966 the first cadet class graduated. 

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May 1-4, 1971, “May Day” when over 50,000 demonstrators came to Washington to...

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...force the closure of the Government. This was the largest mass arrest in history with a total of 12,000 people arrested. Due to the professionalism and effectiveness of the MPD, there were no serious injuries to police officers or protestors, no use of deadly force, and very few complaints of misconduct.

In 1978, Burtell M. Jefferson became the first African American Chief of Police....

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...He was a very community minded person, having been a native of Washington DC and having attended American University and Howard University. His tenure saw a reduction in crime while also dealing with restrictions due to the energy crisis and threats of personnel cuts.

In 1988, the Department switched from the long issued Smith and Wesson .38 caliber...

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...revolvers to the Glock 9mm pistols after Washington DC was named the Nation’s Murder Capital.

In 1993 the Office of Internal Affairs was created by Chief Fred Thomas to promote...

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...accountability among MPD officers.

In 1997, Chief Soulsby authorized the re-striping of the Scout Cars...

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...They were changed from the blue stripe and gold seal of the 1960s, to a red and blue striping that is still referred to as the Pepsi can design.

In 2004, the re-birth of the Air Support Unit (aka helicopter patrol, Helicopter Branch) was...

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...returned (original disbanded in 1996 due to budget cuts) along with a small cadre of horse-mounted officers.

In 2006, the joint Police and Fire Communications Center moved to a newly built state of...

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...the art communications center located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Southeast.

In January 2007, Chief Cathy Lanier was appointed by Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty... 

Learn More January 2007, replacing outgoing Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey. She was the first woman to achieve the position of Chief of Police in Washington DC.  In May 2012, Mayor Vincent C. Gray agreed to retain Lanier as police chief under his mayoral term.  Chief Lanier lead the Metropolitan Police Department until she retired 2017.  Chief Lanier was a great advocate for women in law enforcement and brought great technological changes to the MPD.  She was well known for her passionate involvement with the community.

In 2007-08, Chief Lanier initiated; patrol districts listserv; "Neighborhood...

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...Safety Zone” the replacement of in-car systems equipped with GPS.

On the morning of Monday, September 16, 2013, Aaron Alexis entered... 

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...Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard, where he served as an independent contractor, and carried out the most deadly workplace mass shooting in the Nation’s Capital in recent memory.  Over the course of 69 minutes, Alexis terrorized thousands of employees of Naval Sea Systems Command, firing indiscriminately from a shotgun he had legally purchased two days earlier and a handgun he had taken from a security guard after mortally wounding the guard.  He would also get into multiple shooting engagements with responding law enforcement officers, seriously injuring a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer.  In his final confrontation with police, Alexis ambushed and fired upon another MPD officer.  Fortunately, the officer was saved by his protective vest and was able to return fire, killing Alexis and ending his rampage.  When it was over, Alexis had shot and killed twelve people and injured several others.

Chief Peter Newsham was confirmed as the Chief of Police on May 3, 2017. 

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Chief Peter Newsham joined the MPD in 1989 and rose quickly through the ranks, serving in a number of district operational assignments. Chief Charles H. Ramsey promoted him to Commander of the Second District in January 2000. In June 2002, Newsham was promoted to Assistant Chief in charge of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). Chief Newsham was sworn in as the 30th police chief for the MPD on May 3, 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.

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