Deputy Peter Newsham named interim MPD Chief

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Interim MPD Chief Peter Newsham

WASHINGTON, DC. — Mayor Bowser announced today in a statement that Peter Newsham, longtime deputy to MPD Chief Cathy Lanier, will temporarily take over for Lanier when she vacates the position on Sept. 17.

A 27-year member of the force, Newsham has served as Assistant Chief of Police since 2002 and currently heads the Metropolitan Police Department’s Investigative Services Bureau. The ISB is responsible for investigating violent, property, sexual assault, and narcotic crimes.

Chief Lanier announced her retirement on the 16th. After almost ten years of service to the MPD, she will be leaving to become the NFL’s senior vice president of security. At the press conference where her retirement was announced, Mayor Bowser said that Lanier left behind a “tremendous legacy” as police chief and praised her for “really building up police and community relations that we should all be proud of.”

Newsham will serve as chief until a permanent replacement is found.

“Like Chief Lanier, Peter has deep roots serving the District and believes in the power of building relationships with communities as the best way to deter and solve crime,” said Mayor Bowser in a statement. “I have known him for more than a decade; he is a police officer of the highest caliber and is extremely qualified to serve as the Interim Chief of Police while we conduct the search for a permanent replacement.”

That search has already begun, and the mayor’s office stated that a job announcement will be published in the coming days. A small group of community stakeholders will be involved in vetting final candidates.