The mission of the Metropolitan Police Department is to safeguard the District of Columbia and protect its residents and visitors with the highest regard for the sanctity of human life. We will strive at all times to accomplish our mission with a focus on service, integrity, and fairness by upholding our city’s motto, Justitia Omnibus - Justice for All.
Summary of Services
MPD provides crime prevention and response services through patrols, investigations, and homeland security services. The Patrol Services Bureau delivers community policing to the District’s neighborhoods through 56 police service areas in seven police districts. The Investigative Services Bureau investigates crimes and provides forensic services for those cases. The Homeland Security Bureau coordinates domestic security and intelligence operations as well as traffic safety and law enforcement support for special events. The Internal Affairs Bureau investigates the use of force, equal employment opportunity violations, and other misconduct and complaints against MPD employees. The Professional Development and Corporate Support Bureaus support the work of the entire department through strategic direction, legislative coordination, policy issuance, recruitment, hiring and training personnel, evidence control, records processing, fleet management, procurement, and other administrative support services.