Robert J. Contee III

Assistant Director, Office of Partner Engagement

Robert J. Contee III was selected by FBI Director Christopher Wray to serve as the assistant director of the Office of Partner Engagement (OPE) in April 2023. As OPE’s leader, Mr. Contee manages the FBI’s efforts to build and improve relationships and information sharing with our law enforcement partners, which are vital toward protecting the American people.

Mr. Contee most recently served as chief of police for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of the District of Columbia, which is the sixth-largest municipal police department in the country with over 4,000 members.

Mr. Contee’s law enforcement career began in 1989 when he joined MPD as a police cadet. He quickly rose through the ranks, serving in a variety of assignments and districts. In 2004, he became captain over the Violent Crimes Branch, and from there, ascended to commander of various D.C. districts to include the Special Operations Division and then was promoted to assistant chief of the Professional Development Bureau.

In 2018, as the assistant chief of the Investigative Services Bureau, Mr. Contee worked directly with the community to bring offenders to justice, supported the recovery of victims, and protected witnesses.

He managed several divisions that supported community safety, including the Criminal Investigations Division, the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division, the Crime Scene Investigations Division, Youth and Family Services Division, and the School Safety Division.

Mr. Contee is a highly decorated officer. Among many other honors, his most recent accomplishments include receiving the 2022 Congressional Gold Medal for Protection of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and the 2021 Law Enforcement Leader of the Year from the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation.

Mr. Contee earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in professional studies with a concentration in police science. He also completed both the Management College at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration and the Senior Management Institute for Police at the Police Executive Research Forum. He is a Washington, D.C., native raised in Northeast D.C.

Chief Contee is a native of Washington D.C. and has worked his way up through the ranks.  He first joined the M.P.D.C. in 1989 as a Cadet,  only to rise to the rank of Chief of Police. Chief Contee is well respected among his fellow officers and has earned his place.

Due to several changes in my life  I have not been able to give this web site the time it deserves. . I have had to address serious health issues that hopefully are now in my past.  Along with my health my kids are at an age where they need much more attention.   I will continue to do my best to keep things updated due to my high respect of the M.P.D.C.

Chief Contee speaks out loud and clear.

I have never met Chief Contee before however I have spoken to a great deal of current and former members of the MPDC. I have received nothing but positive comments about him.  Then today I saw an interview he was giving to the press about recent shootings in the city. To say the least I was impressed at how he spoke with the press as well as the content of his communication with them. Below is the story but if you get a chance look for the video.

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