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Robert Glover

Head of the Special Operations Division, Metropolitan Police Department

Robert Glover was appointed by Acting Chief Robert Contee III to the rank of Commander in January 2021 and currently heads the Special Operations Division (SOD) where he manages all special operations units. In this role, he oversees the Emergency Response Team, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, Harbor Patrol, Canine Unit, Domestic Security Operations Unit, Motor Carrier Unit, Harbor Patrol Unit, Air Support Unit, Horse Mounted Unit, Canine Unit, Planning Unit, Special Events Unit, and the Traffic Safety and Specialized Enforcement Branch.

Robert Glover began his career with the Metropolitan Police Department as a recruit in 1994. His first assignment upon graduating was as a patrol officer in the First District. Four years later, he was promoted to Sergeant and in the Fifth District.

He was promoted again to Lieutenant in 2000, and, served in a number of posts at that rank, including Police Service Area supervisor, recruit training, and criminal investigations in the Third District and Homicide Branch. In 2008, Glover was assigned to the SOD, which includes Domestic Security Operations Unit, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, Emergency Response Team, Special Events Section, and Planning Section.

In 2016, Robert Glover was named Captain of the Special Events Branch. He was promoted to Inspector in 2020, maintaining his supervisory position in the Special Events Branch, where he oversees Presidential Inauguration planning; First Amendment demonstrations, activities and protests; traffic safety; and MPD Motors.

Commander Glover graduated from Pennsylvania State University, in 1993 with a BS in Administration of Justice. He has numerous certifications and trainings, from notable agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the US Secret Service; The Anti-Defamation League and the Department of Homeland Security.


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