November 19, 2010

DC Assistant Chief Diane Groomes on Leave Amid Cheating Allegations

WASHINGTON - An assistant D.C. police chief is on administrative leave while the department investigates allegations that she was involved in cheating on a test given to command staff. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced Friday that Assistant Chief Diane Groomes is on leave and Assistant Chief Alfred Durham will oversee the Patrol Services and School Security Bureau. The department says it is investigating an allegation Groomes was involved in comprising a test administered to some command staff members as part of their annual in-service training. Department officials say test results for all members of the command staff have been invalidated and a new test will be developed. The Department's Internal Affairs Division is investigating the allegations.

Statement by Assistant Chief Diane Groomes to FOX 5:

"I am sorry for my actions and bad judgment...and bringing discredit to the best chief...police department and city."

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