Join MPD Chief in Conversation with Historian Derek Musgrove

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MPD Chief Robert J. Contee III at the 2021 Capitol Hill July 4th Parade.

Join this moderated in-depth conversation that will explore the compelling personal story of Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Robert J. Contee III.

Contee is a native Washingtonian who grew up in the Carver Terrace neighborhood. He participated in Marion Barry’s Youth Leadership Institute before becaming police cadet at 17 years old. He joined the department while a senior in high school.

In 2021 Contee was confirmed as MPD Chief. He is the first Black Chief since 2007.

The discussion will also reflect on the major shifts in the city’s landscape over the past few decades as well as examine 21st century policing in the District.

Dr. George Derek Musgrove is Associate Professor, History, UMBC and the co-author of the acclaimed Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital.

The conversation starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE). Admission is free.