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Statement from CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske on the Selection of Matthew Klein as Internal Affairs Assistant Commissioner

Release Date: 
June 8, 2015

WASHINGTON—I am pleased to announce the selection of Matthew Klein as the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Internal Affairs.  Mr. Klein will the lead the office that includes the recently designated Special Agents with delegated criminal investigative authority. The delegation of this authority, by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in September 2014, is a key component of CBP’s reforms in integrity, accountability and transparency set in motion in the last year.   

Mr. Klein has served for 26 years with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), most recently as Commander of the Department’s Internal Affairs Division, overseeing:  all misconduct and corruption deterrence programs for the agency; independent and impartial investigations of allegations of serious administrative and criminal misconduct by agency employees; and programs designed to detect corruption through data analysis and random or targeted inspections of personnel and processes.

During his distinguished career at MPD, Mr. Klein served as Commander of Recruiting and Background Investigations, from 2013 to 2014, streamlining the agency’s hiring program, raising hiring standards, and implementing polygraph examinations into the background screening process; as Director of Court Operations, from 2011 to 2013; as Commander of the Second Police District, from 2008 to 2011; as Director of Civil Rights and Force Investigations, from 2004 to 2008; and as Commanding Officer of Special Tactics (SWAT), from 1999 to 2001.

In 2013, Mr. Klein received the District of Columbia Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Service, and in 2005, he received the International Association of Chiefs of Police Civil Rights Award.

Mr. Klein received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.

I am confident that Mr. Klein’s experience and his commitment to integrity will continue efforts to increase transparency and improve accountability.

Last modified: 
February 8, 2017