- The Washington Times - Friday, November 19, 2010

A senior Metropolitan Police Department official has been placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate a charge that she helped other senior officers cheat on a department exam.

Police say Assistant Chief Diane Groomes, who heads the Patrol Services and School Security Bureau, was accused of “compromising a test administered to some members of the command staff as part of their annual in-service training.”

“To protect the integrity of the process, the test results for all members of the command staff have been invalidated and a new test will be developed,” a police statement said.

The Patrol Services and School Security Bureau — the largest of the police department’s bureaus — is responsible for the branch of the MPD assigned to patrol, school security, community services and youth outreach.

Chief Groomes, who joined the department in 1990, was appointed by Chief Cathy L. Lanier to head the unit in September 2007.

Assistant Chief Alfred Durham was named to take over her post while the allegations are investigated by internal affairs.