MOAA and MPD Establish an African Liaison Unit

The Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA) has partnered with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to establish an African Liaison Unit to support Mayor Bowser’s goals of building safe neighborhoods. The African Liaison Unit will work hand-in-hand with MOAA to address the public safety concerns of the District’s African residents to lead outreach and awareness effortsrelated to synthetic drugs and crime prevention.

Meet the Members of the African Liaison Unit


Cheryl Crawley
Lieutenant, Special Liaison Division
Metropolitan Police Department

Lieutenant Crawley began her career as a patrol officer in the Second District before transferring five years later to the Youth Investigations Division after five years. At that post, she served as a Youth Outreach Officer, an instructor for the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program, and later as an investigator for physical and sexual crimes against children. After being promoted to Sergeant in 2007, she served eight years in the Seventh District as a Detective Sergeant at the Youth Investigations Division. Since becoming Lieutenant, she serves as  Director of the Special Liaison Division where she manages four liaison units which provide service to special interest community groups. Those units are the Asian Pacific Islander, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Latino as well as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,  and Transgender, and now, the African Affairs Liaison Unit.


Anthony Rotimi
Sergeant, Third District
Metropolitan Police Department

Sergeant Rotimi was born in Nigeria and moved to the United States to pursue an education at Bowie State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2003.  He began his law enforcement career while working as a Campus Police Officer at George Washington University before joining Metropolitan Police Department in 2006. He was assigned to the Fourth District immediately upon graduating from the Metropolitan Police Academy, and transferred to the Third District after graduation. Sergeant Rotimi is a current member of Asian Liaison Unit. 


Bryan Davis
Law Enforcement Officer, Seventh District  
Metropolitan Police Department

In 2007, Bryan Davis left the U.S. for Egypt to study Arabic at The American University in Cairo where he became a graduate school teacher in 2008. Bryan enjoys writing music and stories and is currently working on a comic book for teenagers and young adults. He speaks Arabic as a second language.


Genet Amare
Freedom of Information Act specialist, FOIA Specialist
Metropolitan Police Department

Genet Amare was born in Sudan to Ethiopian parents. She is a FOIA Specialist with the Metropolitan Police Department during the day and a part-time evening law student at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia. Genet recently traveled to Cuba as part of an academic and cultural exchange program with the Havana Law School. She speaks Tigrigna fluently (one of the main languages spoken in Ethiopia). 


Olugbenga Fadairo
Officer, Third District
Metropolitan Police Department

Officer Olugbenga Fadairo is a twelve year veteran with the Metropolitan Police Department and is currently assigned to the Command Information Center (CIC). Officer Fadairo has been deployed to Iraq (twice) and Afghanistan as an Intel Analyst and is a Staff Sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserves. Officer Fadairo resided in Nigeria for twelve years and is fluent in Yoruba, Pidgin, and French.


Ihejirika Dominic
Officer, Fourth District
Metropolitan Police Department

Ihejirika Dominic was born and raised in Nigeria. A US army veteran, Dominic has served as a police officer in the District for over ten years. He is currently assigned to the Fourth District where he has the opportunity to deal with people from different cultures. He speaks Igbo, Pidgin, and Spanish.


William Lee
Officer, First District
Metropolitan Police Department

Officer William Lee has been a Police Officer in our nation’s Capital since 2009. Being a Police Officer has always been his dream career. Officer Lee is from Tahiti, French Polynesia, a small island in the South Pacific where French is the main language spoken. He enjoys traveling, sampling global cuisines, learning new languages, and meeting folks from different cultures, and backgrounds.While being a certified linguist in French, Mandarin and Cantonese, he is also fluent in Spanish and Hakka. Soccer and biking are his two favorite sports.


Olivier Lissouck
Officer, Seventh District
Metropolitan Police Department

Officer Olivier Lissouck, born in Cameroon, is fluent in English, French and Bassa (one of the languages of Cameroon). During January 2016, Officer Oliver Lissouck will be detailed to the Special Liaison Division to conduct community outreach to African-owned businesses and other community partners.  Officer Lissouck has a degree in Geography and a Master’s in Business Administration.

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