New Special Operations commander named in D.C.

Now that D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier has demoted Hilton Burton from the top post in the Special Operations Division — members of which famously escorted Charlie Sheen to a D.C. concert appearance in April — the unit needs a new leader.

D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said Lanier has tapped Byron Hope, a captain in the division’s Special Events Branch, to be the acting commander effective immediately.

The police escort given to Sheen before escort to his April 19 concert at DAR Constitution Hall cast an unusual public light on a division that rarely interacts with the public, but is highly visible within the department because it handles things like bomb threats and assists with Presidential security.

Hope joined the force in October 1988, Crump said. And that’s all she said. We did a Google search to try to fill in some more of his professional background.

Hope has worked in the Traffic Safety and Enforcement Branch, according to his participation in a November 2008 report on DWI Enforcement. (See page iii).

And he’s not camera-shy. Here he is talking to NBC Washington about a fatal motorcyle accident in Northeast Washington earlier this month.

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