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The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice (DMPSJ) provides direction, guidance support and coordination to the District’s public safety agencies to develop and lead interagency public safety initiatives to improve the quality of life in the District’s neighborhoods.

DMPSJ oversees the following District agencies:

Department of Corrections (DOC)
Director: Quincy L. Booth

DOC provides a safe, secure, orderly and humane environment for the confinement of pretrial detainees and sentenced inmates, while affording those in custody meaningful rehabilitative opportunities that will assist them to constructively re-integrate into the community.

Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS)
Director: Dr. Jenifer Smith

The Department’s mission is to provide “high-quality, timely, accurate, and reliable forensic science services... [using] best practices and best available technology; a focus on unbiased science and transparency; and the goal of enhancing public safety." DFS consists of the Forensic Science Laboratory Division, the Public Health Laboratory Division, and the Crime Scene Sciences Division.

DFS provides science services upon request to District agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Health, the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and other law enforcement or investigative agencies.

Fire and Emergency Management Services (FEMS)
Fire Chief: Gregory M. Dean

The mission of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Service Department is to preserve life and promote health and safety through excellent pre-hospital treatment and transportation, fire prevention, fire suppression and rescue activities, and homeland security awareness.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA)
Director: Dr. Christopher Rodriguez

HSEMA leads the planning and coordination of homeland security and emergency management efforts to ensure that the District of Columbia is prepared to prevent, protect against, respond to, mitigate, and recover from all threats and hazards.

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)
Police Chief: Peter Newsham

One of the 10 largest local police agencies in the United States, MPD is the primary law enforcement agency for the District of Columbia. MPD is on the forefront of technological crime fighting advances, from highly developed advances in evidence analysis to state-of the-art-information technology. These modern techniques are combined with a contemporary community policing philosophy, referred to as Customized Community Policing. Community policing bonds the police and residents in a working partnership designed to organize and mobilize residents, merchants and professionals to improve the quality of life for all who live, work, and visit the nation's capital.

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME)
Chief Medical Examiner: Dr. Roger A. Mitchell

The mission of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is to investigate all deaths in the District of Columbia that occur as the result of violence (injury), as well as those that occur unexpectedly, without medical attention, in custody or pose a threat to public health.

OCME provides forensic services to government agencies, health care providers and citizens in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to ensure that justice is served and to improve the health and safety of the public.

Office of Unified Communications (OUC)
Director: Karima Holmes

The mission of the Office of Unified Communications (OUC) is to provide a fast, professional and cost-effective response to emergency and non-emergency calls in the District. Created in fiscal year 2005, the OUC consolidates the emergency 911 non-emergency and 311 call activities from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPDC), Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) and customer service operations.

Office of Victims Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG)
Director: Michelle Garcia

OVSJG’s mission is to lead, coordinate, and fund programs in the District that serve crime victims, prevent crime, and improve the administration of justice for victims and offenders. OVSJG also provides policy making expertise, advice, and counsel to the Executive on the role of victims and offenders in the criminal justice system, and evidence-based practices to respond to, intervene in, and prevent violence. OVSJG is also responsible for overseeing the programmatic strategies and coordinating grant-making efforts for victim service and justice grants programs as well as the Access Justice Initiative in order to ensure the coordinated programmatic and grant-making efforts of those offices.

Safer Stronger DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) 
Executive Director: Delbert 'Del' McFadden

As part of Mayor Bowser's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget to consolidate the work being done by the Safer Stronger DC Community Partnerships Office and the Community Stabilization Program, the mission of the ONSE office is to coordinate community oriented, public health approaches to violence prevention that will recognize that reducing crime is not accomplished soley through law enforcement. The office will correlate the District's overall violence prevention program; identify, recruit, and engage individuals determined to be at high risk of participating in or becoming a victim of violent crime; collaborate with DC agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide immediate wrap-around services to victims and families affected by violent crime; identify priority neighborhood and Police Service Areas with high trends of violent crime and connect residents to services through a streamlined approach; develop positive relationships with youth and young adults using recreational and positive behavior reinforcement activities; and coordinate with DC agencies and community-based organizations to develop program that focus on employment and job training opportunities.