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Assistant Chief Sonya T.
Assistant Chief Sonya T. Proctor, a native Washingtonian, began her career with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department as a Police Cadet on June 18, 1973. She took the oath of office as a Police Officer on November 24, 1974, and was assigned in the Fifth District.
On November 4, 1979, she was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Second District. While at the Second District, she performed the duties of patrol sergeant, detective sergeant and administrative sergeant. In 1981, she attended and graduated from the FBI National Academy. She was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on September 2, 1984, and assigned to the Internal Affairs Division as the Assistant Branch Commander; General Investigations Branch. On January 17, 1988, she was transferred to Planning and Development Division. On August 26, 1988, she was transferred back to the Internal Affairs Division as the Administrative Lieutenant, Assistant to the Director. On August 26, 1990, she was transferred to the Medical Services Division as the Administrative Lieutenant.
On June 16, 1991, she was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Special Operations Division, as the Commander of the Special Events Branch. While in the Special Operations Division, Special Events Branch, she was responsible for planning and organizing the department's response to all major events in the city, including the 1993 Presidential Inauguration. As Special Events Branch Commander, she served as the department's representative in major event and emergency planning groups within Government agencies and with private entities.
On October 31, 1993, she was promoted to the rank of Inspector and assigned to the Office of Internal Affairs, as the Director. There, she initiated key changes in both the organizational structure of the unit and the operational procedures, resulting in successful closure of several high profile cases. On January 29, 1995, she was transferred to the Third District, as the commanding officer. While assigned as the District Commander of the Third District, she began numerous anti-crime initiatives, working in conjunction with community members. One major initiative was the High Intensity Policing (HIP) concept, wherein officers were required to park their vehicles and patrol, on foot, in designated areas. Also, a series of high visibility efforts dubbed "Operation Impact" involved deploying the entire manpower of the Third District to provide high visibility, roadblocks and foot patrols in high crime, drug and prostitution areas of the Third District Inspector Proctor also developed, and with the First District Commander, implemented the concept of the Shaw Task Farce, whose personnel from two neighboring police districts shared community policing responsibility for one community split by the boundaries of the districts.
On February 26, 1997, Inspector Proctor was elevated to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police. She is the first female to reach this rank in the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department's history. Assistant Chief Proctor heads the department's Human Resources Bureau. As the Human Resources Officer for department, Assistant Chief Proctor is involved in the overall restructuring of the department, the development of the new operating model and the new crime fighting strategy. Key divisions under her command are the Recruiting Unit, Training Division, Disciplinary Review Office, Medical Services and Labor Relations Division.
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