From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.
Welcome to another of our occasional profiles of Borderstan People — interesting and sometimes even well-known people who happen to work or live in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. Today’s profile Q&A is with Jacob Kishter, Third District Commander for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
This is the second in our series of profiles of MPD personnel who work in Borderstan. Our first police profile was of Diane Groomes, Assistant Chief in charge of the Patrol Services and School Security Bureau. The MPD’s Third District includes three local Police Service Areas (PSAs) in the Borderstan area (301, 305, 307) and a part of 308 (see map below).
Borderstan: First, a little bit about your personal background. Where did you grow up? When did you decide you wanted to be a police officer?
Kishter: I am husband of 20 years with two wonderful daughters. My father was in the military so I spent most of my childhood traveling the world to his different duty assignments. My parents settled in Frederick, Maryland, once my father retired. I had always wanted to be a police officer. It runs in my family’s blood. My grandfather and uncles have served as police officers.
Borderstan: When did you join the MPD? Were you an officer at another law enforcement agency?
Kishter: I joined the MPD in January of 1990. MPD has been my only law enforcement position.
Borderstan: What positions have you held in the MPD? How long have you served in the Borderstan area?
Kishter: I have served in various positions over the past 23 years which included patrol and plain clothes assignments. As a sergeant I worked in the Third District, and then I moved to the Office of Recruiting where I was promoted to lieutenant. As a lieutenant I was assigned to the First District. From there I was assigned to the Office of Professional Responsibility where I held positions with the Force Investigation Team and Internal Affairs. I was promoted to captain where I stayed at Internal Affairs for several more years.
I was then assigned to the Forensics Sciences Division where I served as a captain. After about a year at Forensics, I was promoted to Inspector where I served as the director. I was again assigned to the Office of Professional Responsibility where I served as the director. My next assignment was as the Inspector of the Third District Substation where I was ultimately promoted to my current position as the Third District Commander. I have been the commander at the Third District for nearly three years.
Borderstan: What’s the most rewarding part of your job… your years as an officer in DC?
Kishter: The most rewarding part of my job is my service to the community. I get the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life every day.
Borderstan: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Kishter: The most challenging part of my job is coordinating my 24 hour work schedule and availability with my family life.
Borderstan: What does a “typical” day entail?
Kishter: My typical day entails emails, phone calls, meetings, and analyzing crime issues.
Borderstan: What recommendations or tips do you have for citizens to help them stay safe? What can citizens do to become more involved in MPD’s efforts?
Kishter: Please be aware of your surroundings. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. If you “see something, say something.” Citizens can become more involved by providing information to us about their public safety issues, attending community meetings, and becoming invested in their communities by building strong neighborhood bonds with new and entrenched neighbors.
Borderstan: Anything else you would like to share with the readers of Borderstan about your life or working in MPD?
Kishter: I have the best job in the world. I get to meet new people every day with an opportunity to build life-long relationships all while offering solutions to public safety issues. I am very thankful for all of my opportunities that the police department has offered. I am proud to be a member of the finest police department in the world!