Detective MPDC, Retired
Frank A. Molino retired in 2013, as a Senior Detective Grade-One with the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC (MPDC). Frank has more then 25 years of law enforcement and public safety experience. Frank has spent most of his career in criminal investigations assigned to the homicide branch were he served as a lead detective and participated in numerous types of violent criminal investigations, including non-criminal death investigations.
During the last 12 years of his career, Frank was assigned to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Washington Field Division, Arson and Explosives Group as a fulltime task force detective where he began to specialize in arson and explosive investigations. As a task force member, he served as the lead detective and participated in numerous investigations involving arsons, serial arsons, bombings, explosives, fatal fires, fire related injuries, and arson homicides. He was also responsible for reviewing, analyzing and investigating homicide cold cases. Throughout his career, he has testified both in federal and local courts on various types of criminal offenses. During his task force assignment, Frank has also gained extensive knowledge and experience in the management and investigative techniques in the handling of fatal fires and arson homicide investigations. Frank is a firm believer in the team concept approach to investigations where he enjoyed a strong partnership with ATF and the District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department fire investigators. As a collateral duty, Frank was a member of MPDC’s Domestic Security Operations, Special Threat Action Team as a hazardous material technician where he was responsible for responding to potential criminal acts involving the use of hazardous materials and/or Weapons of Mass Destruction. This assignment also included in the participation in the planning, coordination and execution of the Tactical CBRNE Response and Civil Disorder Response for several major events in Washington, D.C. Early in his career, he served in the Seventh Patrol Bureau, Street Crimes Unit, Firearms Trafficking Task Force, and special assignment to the Intelligence Division as an undercover Officer. Frank is currently an active member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), Board member of the Virginia Homicide Investigators Association (VHIA), International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA), and Mid-Atlantic Cold Case Homicide Investigators Association.