Pamela Smith Makes History as Washington DC’s First Ever Black Female Police Chief

Pamela Smith Makes History as Washington DC’s First Ever Black Female Police Chief
  • PublishedJuly 25, 2023

Pamela Smith has been nominated as the next police chief of Washington, D.C., making her the first Black woman to hold this position if confirmed. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced the appointment after Smith joined the D.C. department just over a year ago.

During a press conference, Smith passionately shared her vision for the DC Police, expressing her commitment to “lead from the front” with “boots on the ground,” according to WUSA9.

“I am proud, I am humbled and I am excited to work alongside this team,” Smith added. “This historic moment is not lost on me. I join a legacy of strong African-American women who lead public safety in the District of Columbia.”

Prior to her nomination, Smith served as the Assistant Chief of the Homeland Security Bureau, overseeing the Special Operations Division and the Joint Strategic & Tactical Analysis Command Center. She also played a crucial role as the Chief Equity Officer, spearheading efforts on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the MPD.

Smith started her career in law enforcement in 1998, serving in various field offices across the country. Her dedication and hard work led to her promotion to sergeant in 2009 and eventually to the position of Chief of Police at US Park Police, in February 2021. She joined the Metropolitan Police Department in May 2022.

With 24 years of experience, Smith brings a fresh perspective and a high level of passion to the role.

When asked about her top priority as chief of police, Smith’s response was straightforward: “Drive down crime.”

If confirmed, Smith will make history as the first Black woman to hold this position. However, before assuming the role, she must go through the confirmation process by the DC Council. The date for the confirmation hearing is yet to be announced.

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