Assistant Chief Patrick A. Burke has over 21 years of service with the Metropolitan Police Department and currently serves as the Assistant Chief of the MPD’s Strategic Services Bureau. During his MPD career, Assistant Chief Burke has served in four of the seven police districts, the Special Operations Division, Operations Command, and the Field and Tactical Support Unit. He also served as MPD’s first chief of the Homeland Security Bureau. He received his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, a certificate of public management from the George Washington University, a Master’s degree in management from the Johns Hopkins University and a Masters degree in Homeland Security Studies from the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, VA, the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) in Boston, MA, and has attended counter-terrorism training in Israel. He has received a variety of awards and commendations, including MPD’s Achievement, Meritorious Service, Police medal and Lifesaving Medals, the Cafritz Foundation Award for Distinguished District of Columbia Government Employees, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security – Straub Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Award for Public Service. He has served as the Metropolitan Police Departments principal coordinator and incident commander for a myriad of major events to include the Papal visit in 2008, the G-20 Summit, the Nuclear Security Summit and the 56th Presidential Inaugural in 2009. Chief Burke sits on numerous boards to include the Office of Police Complaints, the DC Police Foundation, and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program. Chief Burke is an active coach for youth sports and is a member of numerous community and volunteer organizations within the District of Columbia, where he resides with his wife and four children.
“There are too many young people out there engaged in youth violence who don’t have activities to occupy their time,” say Chief Burke. “I’d like to work to strengthen basic institutions in order to give people the moral compass I was so fortunate to have.” We invite you to learn more about Patrick Burke and the work he does.