Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Memorial & Museum Board of Directors

The Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department has a rich history, with plenty of interesting stories and harrowing experiences, stories of self-sacrifice, and everyday heroic actions that ultimately serve to protect the people of this important and bustling city. Additionally, learn more about the Washington DC Police Memorial.

De facto Chairman Robert J. Contee, III

De facto Chairman Robert J. Contee, III

Chief, Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department

 Chief Contee joined the Metropolitan Police Department as a police cadet in November 1989. Additionally, he became a sworn member of the Department three years later and quickly rose through the ranks, serving in a variety of assignments. He started as a patrol officer in the Third District, sergeant in the Second District, and the Metropolitan Police Academy. As a lieutenant, he also served as a Patrol Services Area leader in the Second District, Regional Operations Command-East, and led the Intelligence Branch. In January 2004 he was also promoted to captain responsible for leading the Violent Crimes Branch, including the Homicide Branch and the Sexual Assault Unit.

Don Blake

Don Blake

President, Board of Directors

Founder and President of the Board of Directors representing active, retired, and those members who have passed on. As a 22-year veteran of the department, Don witnessed 30 fellow officers killed-in-the-line-of-duty during his watch. Nine years later he also lost a close friend and colleague, Hank Daly, in one of the most heinous police killings ever witnessed in Washington, D.C. He is also a strong advocate of honoring those who gave their all, Don also believes the department is obligated to do a better job to honor those who laid down their lives.

Bob Arscott

Bob Arscott

Vice President, Board of Directors

Represents the Association of Retired Police Officers (AORP) of D.C., and is its vice president. Bob served with distinction in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956. Following his honorable discharge he joined the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department in 1956 and was immediately assigned as an undercover police officer. Throughout his 22-year career that followed, Bob was also assigned to various precincts, districts and criminal investigation divisions serving as Detective, Detective Sergeant and retiring in 1977 as Lieutenant of Detectives.

Hector T. Dittamo

Hector T. Dittamo

Secretary, Board of Directors

Represents the DC Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., and serves as its president. Hector Dittamo retired after 43 years of continuous federal service, 23 years on active military duty (US Army), and 20 years with federal civil service. Nearly 28 years was spent in the Pentagon. Unfortunately, Hector’s son, Paul was killed in the line of duty on October 30, 2010.

Danny Gregg

Danny Gregg

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Represents the Police Federal Credit Union. Danny Gregg is a retired law enforcement executive with over 25 years of public service. He retired as an inspector/director of the Finance and Resource Management Bureau of the Metropolitan Police Department in 1995. Today, Danny is the President and CEO of the Police Federal Credit Union of Washington, DC – also managing assets over $150mm. Danny and his wife, Donna, live in Lothian, Maryland. Additionally, their 3-daughters, Danielle, Kristie and Carrie, and their granddaughter, Madasin, and grandson, Liam, all live and work in Annapolis area.

Nick Breul

Nick Breul

Member, Board of Directors

Represents the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.  Nick was born in 1962 in Kansas. After graduating from Hobart College in Geneva, NY, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in History, he joined the Metropolitan Police Department in October, 1987. Following graduation from the Training Academy he was assigned to the Second District walking a beat. He quickly moved into other areas of police work serving as a scooter officer, vice investigator and then Detective. After promotion to Sergeant he remained assigned to the Second District, supervising a Patrol Service Area.

Bonnie Cannon

Bonnie Cannon

Member, Board of Directors

Represents the DC Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).  Bonnie was selected because of her outstanding support and continued work on the DC Police Memorial, among many other activities to the DC Chapter of the FOP.  She represents the members of the Metropolitan Police Department.  She is the President and National Trustee for DC and was elected in 2013 to this position as well as Chair for the Legislative Committee for the National FOP Auxiliary.

Joe Gentile

Joe Gentile

Member, Board of Directors

Represents Crime Solvers of Washington, DC, Inc. Joe Gentile was raised in College Park, Maryland. Armed with an Associate Arts degree in Police Science from Montgomery Junior College in Maryland along with some journalism courses and a year’s experience working as a reporter on the school paper, Joe joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 1967. He began his career in the first precinct walking a foot beat. He later worked the wagon, patrolled in a cruiser and became a crime scene search officer.

Patrick Burke

Patrick Burke

Member, Board of Directors

Represents the Washington, DC Police Foundation as its Executive Director.  Prior to the Foundation, Burke was U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia, a position he was appointed to by President Obama after serving as the former Assistant Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of D.C. (MPDC).  As a U.S. Marshal, Burke had oversight over security details for 145 Federal Judges, the fugitive unit and warrant squad operations. Prior to that, Burke served in the MPDC for 27 years, where he attained the rank of Assistant Chief in the Strategic Services Bureau.

Clay Goldston

Clay Goldston

Member, Board of Directors

Represents Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). Clay Goldston is a retired law enforcement executive with 26 1/2 years of public service. Starting as an Officer he worked his way up the ranks and retired at the rank of Deputy Chief, Commander of the Fourth District, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC.