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Posted at 5:35 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Top D.C. police official put on leave

By Paul Duggan
Paul Duggan

A top official of the D.C. police department has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations that she was involved in "compromising" a test given to members of the department's command staff, the department said Friday.

The official, Assistant Chief Diane Groomes, oversees the department's patrol services and school security bureau, which includes hundreds officers assigned to the department's seven district stations.

In a statement released shortly after 5 p.m., a police spokeswoman said Chief Cathy L. Lanier had placed Groomes on administration leave "pending further investigation into an allegation that she was involved in compromising a test administered to some members of the command staff as part of their annual in-service training."

It was unclear whether Groomes, a 20-year member of the force with a salary of about $150,000, will be paid.

No other details were immediately made public about the investigation, which is being handled by the internal affairs unit. The specifics of the test also are unclear. Lanier named Assistant Chief Alfred Durham to oversee the patrol bureau while Groomes is gone.

"To protect the integrity of the process, the test results for all members of the command staff have been invalidated and a new test will be developed," the statement said.

By Paul Duggan  | November 19, 2010; 5:35 PM ET
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier, Internal Affairs, Paul Duggan, The District  
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The lack of ethics and values at the top. It just gets better and better.

Posted by: gpl2411 | November 19, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

That's a crime. Someone should call the police.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | November 19, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ward411 | November 19, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Volunteer copy editor here. "Hundreds OF officers", and "administraTIVE leave". You're welcome.

Posted by: nan_lynn | November 19, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe this for a hot minute. I've volunteered with Chief Groomes for years, and I am just one of many who consider her one of the most competent, compassionate and focused leaders within the MPD.I have the utmost respect for her becauseI've seen up front what a genuine and high-minded person she is. She is no one's fool, nor is she full of herself. At the same time she is true blue, and would never knowingly do anything to bring dishonor or shame on the Department. If all members of the MPD were as devoted to the Department and as caring of the public as she is;,the District would be a safer and more civilized place. The police and the citizens are both lucky that she has served us; this wretched accusation breaks my heart.

Posted by: MmeMagpie1 | November 19, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

She makes $150k? You have got to be kidding me.

Time to get rid of public employee unions. They are stealing from the taxpayers.

Posted by: NyallsStJohnSmytheIV | November 19, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I guess it is the police union trying to trip up the higher-ups. Nothing to it, most likely.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | November 19, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

@nan_lynn I am LOL but thank you!

Posted by: 2belinda | November 19, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The truth of the matter is that it was an OPEN BOOK TEST so how does one cheat? to. It's no secret that Chief Groomes is known to be over the top at times and can sometimes be overbearing but that does not take away from her hard work and dedication.

Posted by: soquick | November 19, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

uhhhh..."compromising a test?" Did she cheat (by the way using "she" was sexist). and...and...what the heck is this all about?

Posted by: wjc1va | November 19, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Study Criminal Justice to solve crimes like these. Stop just reading the news and take action and be part of the solution

Posted by: caseysteg20 | November 20, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Administrative leave usually means the person is not working but still receives a paycheck. If she's proven guilty, I wonder what her punishment will be. She and Lanier are very close. What a stupid thing to do.

Posted by: skinfreak | November 20, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

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