D.C. Deputy Police Chief Carl V. Profater, who won numerous awards for reducing crime as head of the 5th Police District in Northeast Washington for the last seven years, is being promoted to assistant chief and given command of the administrative services division.
Two officials were elevated to deputy chief and two to inspector in a round of promotions and reassignments that was described by Police Chief Maurice T. Turner Jr. as part of a continuing effort to improve the performance of the department.
As head of administrative services, with responsibility for carrying out police personnel policies and programs, Profater replaces Theodore R. Carr, who was appointed Jan. 31 to supervise personnel in the Prince George's County police department.
In addition to plaudits for reducing reported crime in his district, Profater won high marks for innovation.
He was credited with extending the reach of police and other city services into the community at little or no extra cost by such methods as establishing field service offices in neighborhoods and by setting up a civilian volunteer program that freed officers for street duties.
The two inspectors who will become deputy chiefs when the promotions take effect on Friday are Charles Samarra, who heads planning and development, and Addison Davis, head of the property office.
Samarra has been appointed to take over the Special Operations Division, replacing Deputy Chief John Connor, who is on indefinite sick leave. Davis will take Profater's old job as 5th District commander.
One of Davis' distinctions came in 1978 when he topped a list of 104 persons who took the test for promotion from lieutenant to captain.
Also, Clarence A. Dickerson and David E. Christian will be promoted from captain to inspector. Both will become night supervisors.
Samarra will be replaced in planning and development by Inspector Gary L. Abrecht. Inspector James S. Kirk will replace Davis in the property division.
The promotions of lieutenants Rosiland Parker and Jacqueline Simms will give the department three women captains for the first time, authorities said. Also becoming a captain is Lt. Adrian D. Barnes.