Retired Chief Rodney D. Monroe, began his career as a police officer with the four-thousand-member Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington DC where he rose through the ranks and retired as Assistant Chief of Police in 2001. During his later tenure with MPD, he commanded Patrol, Support Services, and the Youth and Violence Reduction Bureaus. He was responsible for organizing and commanding several significant national events such as the Million Man March and the second Inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton.
In 2001, he was appointed the first African American Chief of Police for the city of Macon, Georgia. After spending four years as chief, he was recruited and appointed as the Chief of Police for the city of Richmond, Virginia. Under his leadership, police and citizen relationships significantly increased through the development and implementation of innovative programs and engagements. Through partnership with the community, the city of Richmond experienced historical crime reductions in both violent and property crimes to include the lowest number of homicides in over the past 34 years.
Recognized as an innovator and practitioner of community policing, he was appointed Chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in 2008. Under his leadership, the Department refocused its efforts on addressing emerging crime issues under an enhanced crime prevention strategy focused on redirecting resources back into communities under a decentralized sector concept. In addition, innovative technology was developed and deployed which enabled members at all levels of the organization to have hourly crime trends, predictive analytics, and the ability to mine data from multiple information systems. The new technology enabled more timely and accurate data creating greater organizational and community accountability. His efforts once again led to a historical reduction in violent crime and homicides.
Chief Monroe has been recognized for his continued success in stemming the systemic tide of recidivism. Under his leadership and direction, communities have been positively impacted by both private and public collaborations and engaging ex-offenders in various programs, such as educational, health, and job opportunities. Chief Monroe’s passion for youth is evident in his partnerships with many non-profit organizations addressing youth/gang related violence. Other career highlights include the initiation and implementation of a Youth Diversion program designed to divert youth away from the criminal justice system affording greater opportunities for success and his service as chair of the Governor’s Crime Commission Committee tasked to address juvenile disproportionate minority contact within the criminal justice system.
In 2012, Chief Monroe spearheaded in partnership with several local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for the security planning and organization of the Democratic National Convention.
Chief Monroe holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Executive Institute. He has served as an Executive Committee member for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, member of Major Cities Chiefs and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.