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Revealed: The Test Cops Allegedly Cheated On

When Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Chief Diane Groomes landed in trouble last week, it made more of a splash than the standard internal police personnel matter does. Groomes has been popular among bloggers and neighborhood message board readers, especially in MPD districts where she worked before moving up to oversee the patrol division. The department put her on administrative leave to investigate an allegation she "was involved in compromising" the integrity of a test given to police command staff.

That test, a police source tells City Desk, is called the "intelligence-led policing exam." It takes between six and eight hours to complete. It's based on the book Law Enforcement Intelligence by David Carter. The test is part of the department's professional development training and is about 50 questions long. Police were required to get at least 38 of them correct. The source says word around the department is that Groomes somehow got answers to the test before it was administered, and sent them out to a few commanders via e-mail.

Now the test results will be invalidated, and the entire command staff will have to take a new exam.

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  1. #1

    Please support AC Groomes on Facebook:
    http://tiny.cc/10wcq

  2. #2

    She committed misconduct, which showed dishonesty. She is in a position of trust. She needs to be disciplined like all the other members she recommended discipline for misconduct. Should she get a pass because she is popular?

    A lot of the officers that were disciplined as a result of her being heavy handed did not get a pass, many of them were terminated at her behest.

    This was not just a minor lapse in judgment. She orchestrated a major scandal within MPD and has compromised the integrity of the majority of the command staff (department leaders).

    Can someone please start a Facebook page on Groomes titled "Cheat is Deceit?"

    So, if she is given a pass, all of the rank and file members accused of misconduct should get a pass also. She is suppose to lead by example.

    The taxpaying citizens of D.C. have no clue as to the potential millions that her "lapses in judgment" involving her retaliation, discrimination of employees within the past 5 years will cost you all.

    Numerous lawsuits are pending. The Lanier administration with the assistance of Internal Affairs Division, LLP, have covered up a lot Groomes misconduct.

    In the next three years as these cases trickle through the court system and are settled, will you all still be standing behind this "false blonde goddess?"

    Diane Groomes starring as "Bewitched" because she certainly has cast a spell on the citizens of D.C.

    Lanier, where is the press conference on this damning drama? You gave a press conference in May 2008 regarding the rank and file members that arbitrators ordered rehired and you held a press conference stating that you were going to fire them anyway.

    And you stated, "If a judge said they were wrongfully terminated and you have to take them back, then I do," Lanier said yesterday. "For any cases where there was an ethics issue -- unless I have no other choice -- I wouldn't return them. It's too important an issue to me."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/19/AR2008051902297.html

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/05/23/ST2008052302978.html?sid=ST2008052302978

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/20/AR2008052001887.html?sid=ST2008052302978

    Cheating is dishonest, and reflects on integrity and is UNETHICAL. This will effect her ability to testify in court and before other tribunals. What other dishonest acts are attributed to her that will surface? This is a classic case of the departmental charge of "Inefficiency."

    Do the right thing this time Lanier, your reputation is at stake.

  3. #3

    Metropolitan Police Department Sworn Law Enforcement Officer Code of Ethics -

    BACKGROUND
    Ethics is defined as a code, system, or body of moral principles or good conduct, particularly a system for a group of people or a profession, such as law or medicine. Ethics deals primarily with values: what is good, what is bad, what is right and what is wrong. The responsibility to act ethically rests with every sworn law enforcement officer when he/she goes about his/her professional duties and in his/her personal life.

    The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) derives its authority from the D.C. Official Code § 5-127.03 (Police to have powers of constables; authorization to execute certain Superior Court orders). With this authority, sworn law enforcement officers investigate other people, abridge normal liberties, and use force when necessary.
    Therefore, it is imperative that sworn law enforcement officers of the MPD epitomize the highest degree of ethical behavior when serving the communities and citizens who live, work, and visit Washington, D.C.

    II. POLICY
    The policy of the Metropolitan Police Department is that sworn law enforcement officers shall maintain the highest standard of conduct and perform their duties in a nondiscriminatory, efficient, courteous, respectful, and ethical manner at all times. Further, these official powers shall not be used for personal profit or gain, or violate the Constitution or laws in performance of their work. (CALEA 1.1.2)

    III. REGULATIONS
    Sworn law enforcement officers shall abide by the following Metropolitan Police Department Law Enforcement Officer Code of Ethics, adopted from the International Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Code of Ethics:
    METROPOLITAN POLICE ... CODE OF ETHICS (GO-PER-201.36) 2 of 3
    “As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community, to safeguard lives and property, to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder, and to respect the Constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.
    I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all, and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the law and the regulations of my Department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature, or that is confided tome in my official capacity, will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
    I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

    I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and l accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice.

    I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.

    I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession ... law enforcement.”

    IV. PROCEDURAL GUIDELINES
    A. Specific violations of Department policy or procedures shall be handled in accordance with General Order 1202.1 (Disciplinary Procedures and Processes) and other applicable directives.

    https://go.mpdconline.com/GO/3729000.pdf

    Groomes violated the MPD's Code of Ethics.

  4. #4

    @egn - for god's sake, take a chill pill before you drop out on us.

    groomes made a mistake. we all make mistakes. even you i am guessing.

    what folks are saying is that one mistake should not overshadow the great work she has done. she is more than popular, she gets shit DONE, which is more than i can say for 80% of mpd.

  5. #5

    @tucker:

    Misconduct is misconduct, she is in a position as a policymaker for MPD. This requires more than a "slap on the wrist."

    The citizens may only see "all the good" she has done in neighborhoods. How about "ALL THE BAD" she has done to her subordinates within MPD?

  6. #6

    There are good MPD officers leaving to go other agencies; fed up because they are tired of walking on egg shells, because if they make any minor error, they find themselves fighting for their reputation and their jobs. Groomes should be held to no different standard than those placed on other officers....period. Let her face the same punishment that she and other officials have placed on others within their department....it's only fair. Maybe the next Chief will provide the same lattitude to the officers on the street that you want Groomes to receive. And for those who are backing her saying that she should be forgiven, why aren't you speaking up for other MPD officers when they get bad press or blasted by readers in the City Paper, Washington Post, or DCist? Why just Groomes? Double standards are impossible for anyone to live up to.

  7. #7

    THERE ARE FAR WORSE OFFICER'S ON THE FORCE WHO SHOULD BE FIRED BUT THEY COLLECT OUR TAX DOLLARS EVERY PAYDAY. CHIEF GROOMES IS SIMPLY THE BEST. I CANNOT SEE TAKING AN OPEN BOOK TEST AND "WHATEVER" SHE DID AS GROUNDS FOR HER TO BE FIRED. THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW WE WOULD HAVE ALOT MORE BODIES ON THE STREETS OF DC HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR CHIEF GROOMES WORKING SOMETIMES 24/7...NO DAYS OFF ALWAYS AVAILABLE AND HAVING SUCH A CARING HEART. IT IS IN HER NATURE TO CARE.

    HEARINGS ARE JUST THAT FOR A PERSON TO BE JUDGED ON THEIR OWN MERIT AND GROOMES BODY OF WORK SPELSS NOTHING BUT EXCELLENCE!

  8. #8

    "Let her face the same punishment that she and other officials have placed on others within their department"

    I agree.

    When's the last time anyone remembers a cop being disciplined for abuse of power? The snowball guy still has a job. So treat her the same as everyone else: give her a slap on the wrist and sweep it under the rug.

  9. #9

    Ward411 Is right. Groomes is simply the best.
    DC is very lucky to have people like her.

  10. #10

    You have it wrong ward411....

    MPD hearings are simply to determine if an officer violated a code/law/or simply embarrassed the department in some way shape or form. Anything not related to the offense alleged to have been committed is not permitted. An officer who has lowered crime on their Psa and as a result is required in court almost on a daily bases who is late due to traffic ONCE can face anything from suspension to termination depending on the outcome of that particular case no matter how much good they have done in previous years, no matter how beloved they are on their beat. It sounds like all the officers want is for her to be treated in the same manner as they themselves have been. Why do you think it should be any different? Why do you think she as a supervisor, shouldn't have to adhere to the same code of ethics. And for those who say there are worse officers out there than her.... Well that IS her job, to supervise THEM. If they have gotten away with some infraction that you know about and she didnt discipline them in the correct manner, I can only assume that she isn't as good at her job as you THINK she is. Everybody is nice to somebody at some point. Can we now use that to excuse a person from doing their job? I mean, she IS in charge of the patrol officers. Maybe those who weren't disciplined are an extension of her friendly little crew. You know the ones I'm talking about... The ones that get locked up in MD and Va and DON'T get fired. There are a few, but they can spoil the whole bunch if not thrown out.

  11. #11

    Thanks TFormation.. Well said

  12. #12

    The old saying applies here, "The fish rots from the head down"!

  13. #13

    @ Ward411- Your lack of proper spelling, gramar, and complete sentences tells me you’re not an intelligent person. That is also evident in your rationale that because there is a very small number of poor officers who are still employed, we should let someone else violate the rules and get a free pass when they get caught. Using that logic, every officer gets to make errors and not be punished. If that’s going to be the new standard, so be it, but that’s not the standard Groomes has set for the officers under her command. Now before you reply to me or anyone else, click here: http://www.grammarbook.com/english_rules.asp

  14. #14

    @ JT- So the snowball guy was is the standard? Well guess what...he was punished. He wasn't fired, but he was punished. So using your logic, Groomes should be punished. I agree. Thanks for supporting my opinion.

  15. #15

    "Your lack of proper spelling, gramar, and complete sentences tells me you’re not an intelligent person. That is also evident in your rationale that because there is a very small number of poor officers who are still employed"

    "So using your logic, Groomes should be punished"
    ---------------------------------
    My GAAAAWD, talk about the POT calling the kettle black, chopped and sCrewed, HACK JOB.....WOW!!!

    You may need to refrain from future critique of folk's spelling round here........LMBAO, just state your opinion and keep it moving..please!!!

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