MPD's Fourth District to get new commander, Manlapaz promoted to Assistant Chief

Newly promoted Assistant Chief Wilfredo Manlapaz speaking at a public safety meeting in 2015 with Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd.

MPD's Chief of Police Peter Newsham sent out an email this afternoon informing residents that Fourth District Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz has been promoted to Assistant Chief. Manlapaz will take on the role of running MPD's Internal Affairs Bureau. 

Newly promoted Commander Randy Griffin will replace Manalapaz effective March 30, 2018. 

Assistant Chief Manlapaz has been very communicative and accessible in our area, working to improve community relations, curtail crime rates and keep open lines of communication. I wish the new Chief the very best of luck in his new role! 

The Chief's email announcement is below.

PSA 407 Lieutenant Anthony Washington, Drew Schneider, Assistant Chief Manlapaz, Officer Eric Frost and Officer Chris Glasscock at the 2016 Celebrate Petworth Festival

Greetings 4D Community,

I am happy to announce that Wilfredo Manlapaz has been promoted to Assistant Chief in charge of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau, which acts as the guardian of the Metropolitan Police Department’s reputation, and is charged with the accountability, implementation, and maintenance of the Department’s anti-corruption programs. It is an office of unparalleled integrity that provides effective corruption control and behavior accountability through comprehensive proactive and reactive investigations, inspections, and adjudications of misconduct and corruption.  

Wilfredo Manlapaz has forged great community relations during his tenure as the Commander of the Fourth District.  He has led from the front and has been a mentor to both sworn and civilian members alike. 

I am also happy to announce that Commander Randy Griffin has been promoted as the new Commander of the Fourth District.  Commander Griffin is no stranger to the Fourth District.  He patrolled the streets there as a patrol officer from 2001-2007.  In 2007, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Fifth District, and the Corporate Support Bureau’s Firearm Examination Section.  In 2012, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned as a Patrol Lieutenant.  In 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Third District where he honed his managerial skills.  I have all the faith and confidence in his abilities to lead the Fourth District and mentor our future leaders.  He truly embodies our motto, “We are here to help.”

These changes are effective today, March 30, 2018. Please join me in congratulating both Assistant Chief Manlapaz and Commander Griffin.

Peter Newsham
Chief of Police

Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.

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