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The mission of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is to safeguard the District of Columbia and protect its residents and visitors by providing the highest quality police service with integrity, compassion, and a commitment to innovation that integrates people, technology, and progressive business systems.
Summary of Services
MPD provides crime prevention and response services through patrols, investigations, and homeland security services. The Patrol Services and School Security division delivers community policing to the District’s neighborhoods through 46 police service areas in seven police districts and oversees the provision of security services to the District of Columbia Public Schools. The Investigative Services division investigates violent, property, narcotic and other crimes and provides crime scene processing for those cases. The Homeland Security division coordinates domestic security and intelligence operations as well as traffic safety and for special events. The Internal Affairs Bureau investigates use of force, potential equal employment opportunity violators, and other complaints against MPD officers and employees. The Strategic Services, Professional Development and Corporate Support Bureaus support the work of the entire department through research, crime analysis, strategic direction, recruitment, hiring and training personnel, fleet management, procurement, and other administrative support services.