D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray May 9 said that Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier has agreed to remain at the helm of the D.C. police department and has accepted a five-year extension of her contract.

“I’m delighted that Chief Lanier has agreed to continue her service to the residents of the District of Columbia. Under her leadership crime has declined, and I look forward to working with her to continue that trend,” Gray said in a statement.

“Under Chief Lanier’s leadership we have also seen a substantial increase in public confidence in the Metropolitan Police Department and a growing sense among District residents that we live in a safer city. These are perceptions that help to shape reality, because when people trust the police, the police are better able to do their jobs.”

The contract does not include an increase in Lanier’s $253,000 annual salary because the D.C. Council instituted a salary freeze for her position last year.

Lanier has been credited with reducing crime since being named chief by former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in 2007.

The head of the city’s Fraternal Order of Police, the labor union which represents D.C. police officers, voiced disappointment over the contract extension for Lanier, noting that their members have been without a contract since 2007.