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Advisory Council

Learn best practices and trends to watch from top public safety leaders.

For nearly three decades, Verizon has supported public safety with an unwavering commitment and has been receiving counsel from many of the country's most respected public safety leaders. We formalized this relationship by establishing the Verizon First Responder Council in 2019, and now invite public safety agencies across the nation to take advantage of the Council's knowledge and leadership.

Over the next several months, the Council will host a series of engagements, including events, webinars, meetings and conversations, where the public safety community can interact with leaders like Council Chair William Bratton, former NYPD Commissioner and Chief of the LAPD.

Public Safety in 2020

Virtual Town Hall

A conversation with top public safety experts.

Held on August 18, 2020

The first half of 2020 has been transformative for all facets of life, but nowhere have things changed more radically and significantly than in public safety. Council Chair and former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, one of the world’s most respected experts on public safety, lead a discussion along with the former heads of some of the country’s top public safety agencies, about these issues. Hear what public safety leadership in 2020 can do to help navigate an ever-changing environment.

This Virtual Town Hall was hosted by Maggie Hallbach, VP Business Development and Strategic Sales, Verizon Public Sector and moderated by Mike Mason, SVP – Chief Security Officer for Verizon and formerly an Executive Assistant Director with the FBI.

Watch our Verizon First Responder Advisory Council discuss critical issues facing first responders in 2020.

Council Charter

The Verizon First Responder Advisory Council Charter

The Verizon First Responder Advisory Council was formed in 2019 to provide strategic input and advice to Verizon’s public safety segment. The Council is made up of highly respected and accomplished leaders who represent all facets of the public safety community, including emergency management, fire, public health and law enforcement.

The Council provides public safety thought leadership to Verizon and to the first responder agencies and communities that Verizon and its partners serve. The Council helps Verizon focus on the most important industry trends, priorities and needs affecting first responders so that Verizon can equip public safety professionals with the reliable, innovative, tailored solutions and technologies necessary to help keep them and our communities safe.

Meet the Council

We invite public safety agencies across the nation to take advantage of the expertise and guidance of the Verizon First Responder Advisory Council through events, webinars, meetings and conversations.

  • Chair William J. Bratton

    • Executive Chairman, Teneo Risk
    • Vice Chairman, Homeland Security Advisory Council
    • Former Police Commissioner, New York Police Department (NYPD) and Boston Police Department (BPD)
    • Former Chief, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)

     

    See William J. Bratton's full bio

  • David Cagno

    • Senior Vice President, Teneo Risk
    • Former Lieutenant Commander, New York Police Department (NYPD)

     

     

     

     

    See David Cagno's full bio

  • Salvatore Cassano

    • Senior Managing Director of Consulting and Lobbying Groups, Pitta Bishop & Del Giorno
    • Former Fire Commissioner, Fire Department of New York (FDNY)

     

     

     

    See Salvatore Cassano's full bio

  • Jerome M. “Jerry” Hauer

    • Senior Advisor, Teneo Risk
    • Former Commissioner, New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
    • Former Commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Management
    • Former Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    See Jerry Hauer's full bio

  • Sandy Jo MacArthur

    • First Responder Training and Education Consultant
    • Former Assistant Chief, Office of Administrative Services, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
    • Former Captain, Civil Rights Integrity Division, LAPD

     

     

    See Sandy Jo MacArthur's full bio

  • Kenneth L. Morckel

    • Vice President, Public Sector Business Development, The Digital Decision (TDD)
    • Former Director of Public Safety, State of Ohio
    • Former Superintendent/Colonel, Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP)

     

     

    See Kenneth L. Morckel's full bio

  • Daniel J. Oates

    • Law enforcement and security consultant
    • Former Police Chief, Miami Beach, FL, Ann Arbor, MI, and Aurora, CO
    • Former Deputy Chief, New York Police Department (NYPD)

     

     

     

    See Daniel J. Oates' full bio

  • Judith Pal

    • Principal, 10-8 Communications
    • Former Assistant Commissioner, New York Police Department (NYPD)
    • Former Chief of Staff, Baltimore, MD, and Milwaukee, WI, Police Departments
    • Former Communications Lead, City of Irvine, CA, Atlanta, and Savannah, GA, Police Departments

     

    See Judith Pal's full bio

  • Edward P. Plaugher

    • Member, Charity Rebuilding NOMADS
    • Former Fire Chief, Arlington County, VA
    • Former Deputy Fire Chief, Fairfax County, VA
    • Former Assistant Executive Director, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)

     

    See Edward P. Plaugher’s full bio

  • Brett C. Railey

    • Senior Public Safety Consultant, The Digital Decision
    • Former Chief of Police, City of Winter Park, FL
    • Former President, Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA)

     

     

     

    See Brett C. Railey's full bio

  • Charles H. Ramsey

    • Public Safety Advisor, U.S. Conference of Mayors
    • Former Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department
    • Former Chief, Metropolitan (Washington, DC) Police Department

     

     

     

    See Charles H. Ramsey's full bio

  • Ellis M. Stanley Sr.

    • Managing Partner, Ellis Stanley Partners
    • Chair, Global Board of Directors, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
    • Former Director, Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency
    • Former General Manager, Emergency Preparedness Department, City of Los Angeles

    See Ellis M. Stanley's full bio

  • Karen P. Tandy

    • Member, Homeland Security Advisory Council and Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking
    • Chairwoman, Board of Directors, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    • Former Administrator, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
    • Former U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General
    • Former Chairwoman, Board of Directors, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

    See Karen P. Tandy's full bio

  • J. Scott Thomson

    • Past President, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
    • Former Chief of Police, Camden County, NJ
    • Former President, PERF

     

     

     

    See J. Scott Thomson's full bio

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Chair William J. Bratton


  • Executive Chairman, Teneo Risk
  • Vice Chairman, Homeland Security Advisory Council
  • Former Police Commissioner, New York Police Department (NYPD) and Boston Police Department (BPD)
  • Former Chief, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)

William J. Bratton is one of the world’s most respected and trusted experts on risk and security issues. During his almost 50-year career in law enforcement, he instituted progressive change and dramatic drops in crime while leading six police departments, including seven years as Chief of the LAPD and two nonconsecutive terms as the Commissioner of the NYPD. He is the only person ever to lead the police agencies of America’s two largest cities.

As the Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk, Commissioner Bratton advises clients on risk identification, prevention and response. Teneo Risk addresses six key areas: cybersecurity, infrastructure protection, counterterrorism, health advisory, internal threat mitigation and crisis management.

Prior to assuming his role at Teneo Risk, Commissioner Bratton was the 42nd police commissioner of the city of New York from January 2014 to September 2016. It was the second time he held the post. During that time, he oversaw 32 months of declining crime, including historic lows for murders and robberies. At the same time, he initiated an unprecedented Neighborhood Policing program to close the gap between the NYPD and the communities it serves. Neighborhood Policing refocused resources on the underlying issues in individual neighborhoods, connected cops with community partners, enhanced outreach and communication strategies, and was a cornerstone of precision policing—the practice of identifying the few who create crime and disorder while safeguarding the many.

Commissioner Bratton also spearheaded the first major technological overhaul in the NYPD in years, the Mobile Digital Initiative, which gave a smartphone with custom-designed apps to every officer and put a tablet in every patrol car. These devices put an entire precinct’s data capabilities in the palm of an officer’s hand, allowing them to read details about calls for help, research locations of interest, search names and license plates, and complete paperwork—all while remaining in the field.

Additionally, the ever-changing threat picture in the world’s number one target for terrorism mandated major reforms to the NYPD’s already robust counterterrorism capabilities. In response, Commissioner Bratton developed two new units—the Critical Response Command (CRC) and the Strategic Response Group (SRG)—which now provide the city with more than 1,000 highly trained and properly equipped officers who are dedicated to counterterrorism, large-scale mobilizations, site security, and rapid deployment citywide.

A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Commissioner Bratton began his career in 1970 as a beat cop in the BPD. In 1976, he was awarded the department’s highest citation for valor— the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal—for facing down a bank robber and rescuing a hostage. By 1980, he had risen to Superintendent of Police, the BPD’s highest sworn position.

In the 1990s, Commissioner Bratton established an international reputation for re-engineering police departments and fighting crime. As Chief of the New York City Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner and in his first term as New York City Police Commissioner, he revitalized morale and cut crime in all three posts, achieving the largest crime declines in New York City’s history.

At the NYPD in 1994 and 1995, he led the development of CompStat, the internationally acclaimed command accountability system now in use by police departments nationwide. CompStat employs accurate, real-time intelligence, rapid deployment of resources, relentless follow-up and accountability systems to focus the work of police on stopping crimes before they happen.

As Los Angeles Police Chief from 2002 to 2009, in a city known for its racial tensions, entrenched gang culture and youth violence, he brought crime to historically low levels, greatly improved race relations and reached out to young people with a range of innovative police programs. At the LAPD, he also led the creation of its Real Time and Predictive Policing initiatives, while successfully implementing the country’s largest federal consent decree.

The recipient of many honors throughout his career, Commissioner Bratton was named by Security magazine as one of 2010’s most influential people in the security industry based on his leadership qualities and the positive impact that his work has made on organizations, colleagues and the general public. This was the second time in two years that he has appeared on the magazine's list of most influential security executives. In 2007, he received Governing magazine’s “Public Official of the Year Award.”

In January 1996, he appeared on the cover of TIME and was featured in the article “Finally, We’re Winning the War Against Crime.” And in 2009, for his collaborative efforts in working with U.S. and British police forces, he was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the honorary title Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

A noted author, commentator and consultant, Commissioner Bratton holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston State College (now the University of Massachusetts Boston) and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. At Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, he was a Senior Executive Fellow in criminal justice and a member of the school’s National Executive Session on Policing. He has twice served as President of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and in 2009 served as President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council.

His critically acclaimed autobiography "Turnaround" with Peter Knobler was published by Random House in 1998. In 2012, Commissioner Bratton and Zachary Tumin, a senior researcher at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, co-authored a management leadership book, "Collaborate or Perish," published by Random House. He is currently working with Peter Knobler on an untitled memoir of his almost 50-year career to be published by Random House in 2020.


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David Cagno


  • Senior Vice President, Teneo Risk
  • Former Lieutenant Commander, New York Police Department (NYPD)

David Cagno is a Senior Vice President with Teneo Risk. He serves as Chief of Staff to the Executive Chairman and provides support on matters of security, intelligence, emergency planning and prevention.

Prior to joining Teneo Risk, Mr. Cagno spent over 22 years with the NYPD. During this time, he was an accomplished NYPD Lieutenant Detective Commander, holding full investigative and operational command responsibility. He finished his tenure in the NYPD Financial Crimes Task Force, where he directed and investigated financial frauds and other major criminal investigations.

Mr. Cagno received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Excelsior College and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) and Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).


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Salvatore Cassano


  • Senior Managing Director of Consulting and Lobbying Groups, Pitta Bishop & Del Giorno
  • Former Fire Commissioner, Fire Department of New York (FDNY)

Salvatore J. Cassano served as the 32nd Fire Commissioner in the 151-year history of the FDNY, leading the United States' largest fire department with more than 16,000 fire, emergency medical services (EMS) and civilian members, and an annual budget of $1.6 billion.

Commissioner Cassano spent over 44 years in the FDNY and held every uniformed rank prior to his appointment by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in January 2010. Commissioner Cassano served as the FDNY's Chief of Department—the highest-ranking uniformed officer— from 2006 through 2010. He oversaw many of the agency's most important bureaus, including Fire and EMS Operations, Training, Safety, Fire Prevention and Communications. From 2001 to 2006, he served as Chief of Operations—a position he was appointed to immediately after Sept. 11, 2001. Both as Chief of Operations and Chief of Department, Commissioner Cassano played a crucial role in rebuilding the Department in the wake of 9/11 and the loss of 343 members of the Department. In the years that followed, more than 6,800 new firefighters were hired and more than 6,000 others were promoted to various officer ranks as the Department went through a difficult but remarkable resurgence. Under his leadership, the FDNY became better equipped, trained and prepared than ever before in its history, and achieved unprecedented success with the fewest civilian fire fatalities ever and the fastest response times on record.

Commissioner Cassano's career with the FDNY began with his appointment as a firefighter on Nov. 29, 1969. He steadily rose through the ranks with promotions to Lieutenant (August 1977), Captain (April 1984), Battalion Chief (August 1987), Deputy Chief (June 1993), Deputy Assistant Chief (November 1999) and Assistant Chief (April 2001). During his career, he was cited for bravery five times.

Prior to joining the FDNY, Commissioner Cassano served in the U.S. Army from October 1965 through July 1967 and was deployed to Vietnam in September 1966.

While a firefighter, he attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice and received a bachelor's degree in fire science. Commissioner Cassano also received honorary doctor of laws degree from St. John's University in May 2013.

In September 2009, Commissioner Cassano was awarded France's highest decoration, the Legion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and in 2011, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Commissioner Cassano grew up in Brooklyn and is a lifelong resident of New York City. He and his wife, Theresa, reside in Staten Island. They have five children and nine grandchildren.


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Jerome M. “Jerry” Hauer


  • Senior Advisor, Teneo Risk
  • Former Commissioner, New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
  • Former Commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Management
  • Former Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Jerome Hauer is a leading expert in emergency response, emergency management and crisis planning. He has vast experience establishing and executing effective risk management strategies to anticipate threats, reduce vulnerabilities, and execute plans and procedures designed to support business continuity and personal safety. He has a significant track record of service in the areas of homeland security, emergency management, and medical and public health planning.

Prior to joining Teneo Risk, Dr. Hauer served as Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, which oversaw the Office of Emergency Management, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and the Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications.

He also served as the Director of the Office of Counterterrorism. The Division was responsible for helping to prepare for, and respond to, terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters throughout New York State.

Dr. Hauer was the first Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was responsible for preparedness and response to national emergencies, including acts of biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism.

He was Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Senior Advisor to the Secretary for National Security and Emergency Management during and after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the nation’s anthrax crisis.

During his time as Director of the Office of Emergency Management for the city of New York, he coordinated the city's planning and response to natural and man-made events, including acts of terrorism. He briefed President Clinton about bioterrorism and was an advisor to several of his cabinet members about issues related to chemical and biological terrorism.

He also served as Executive Director of the State of Indiana Emergency Management Agency and Deputy Director for Emergency Management for the city of New York's Emergency Medical Services.

Dr. Hauer has authored dozens of academic articles relating to terrorism, crisis management, medicine and public health.

He earned his doctorate from Cranfield University at the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom. He holds a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree from New York University.


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Sandy Jo MacArthur


  • First Responder Training and Education Consultant
  • Former Assistant Chief, Office of Administrative Services, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
  • Former Captain, Civil Rights Integrity Division, LAPD

Sandy Jo MacArthur has a career in policing spanning over 40 years with the LAPD, 35 of which were fulltime and five as a reserve officer. She attained the rank of Assistant Chief before her retirement in 2015 and continues to work with the Training and Education Division.

Her experience includes: field operations, budget, technology, 911 center, personnel hiring and promotions, police training, and employee wellness. Her expertise includes: handling cases involving people with mental illness; crisis intervention tactics; use of force training, skill development and adjudication; human relations and resources; diversity and discrimination; conflict management; curriculum design; and training delivery.

Ms. MacArthur currently works with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office as the Mental Health Training Coordinator, teaching law enforcement officers from throughout the county de-escalation skills when handling calls for service involving persons with mental illness.

She is an adjunct professor at the Pepperdine University School of Law teaching mediation and the psychology of conflict. She also consults with law enforcement agencies across the nation. She also works with the University of Chicago Crime Lab assisting with several projects pertaining to the Chicago Police Department, including employee wellness, early intervention programs and various training for in-service personnel.

Ms. MacArthur received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Arizona State University in 1980, a master's degree in behavioral science, specializing in negotiations and conflict management, from California State University, Dominquez Hills in 1997, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in psychology.


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Kenneth L. Morckel


  • Vice President, Public Sector Business Development, The Digital Decision (TDD)
  • Former Director of Public Safety, State of Ohio
  • Former Superintendent/Colonel, Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP)

Colonel Kenneth L. Morckel (ret) served as Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) from 2003 to 2007. In this cabinet-level position, Col. Morckel was responsible to the Governor for the operations of the eight divisions within the ODPS: Homeland Security, OSHP, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Medical Services, Ohio Investigative Unit, Criminal Justice Services and Administration.

Prior to being named ODPS Director in 2003, Col. Morckel served nearly 29 years in the OSHP and was named the 13th Superintendent of the OSHP in 2000.

In 2013, Col. Morckel joined TDD as Vice President of Public Safety Services. TDD provides strategic consulting services to a broad range of clients specializing in first responder communications and technology support management. Since 2007, Col. Morckel has traveled to 45 of the 50 states offering his services regarding the funding and governance of statewide Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems, next-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) communications, and Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS). These services have involved the enhancement of a variety of law enforcement and homeland security mission-critical responsibilities focused on prevention, protection, response and recovery.

He continues to be an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) working with the Division of State and Provincial Police, IACP Traffic Safety Committee, and Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort (CARE). He is a member of the IACP Homeland Security Committee.


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Daniel J. Oates


  • Law enforcement and security consultant
  • Former Police Chief, Miami Beach, FL, Ann Arbor, MI, and Aurora, CO
  • Former Deputy Chief, New York Police Department (NYPD)

Daniel J. Oates is a law enforcement and security consultant who recently completed a highly successful 39-year career as a police executive. After serving in varied roles in the senior ranks of the NYPD, including Chief of the Intelligence Division, during the city’s dramatic crime-reduction renaissance of the 1990s, Mr. Oates moved on to be a police chief in three cities: Ann Arbor, MI; Aurora, CO; and Miami Beach, FL.

During his more than 18 years as a police chief, Mr. Oates established a reputation as a progressive reformer and successful crime fighter, with major crime dropping in these cities from 24% to 30% under his leadership. Mr. Oates’ national reputation was secured when he led the police and city of Aurora through the horrific crisis, investigation and aftermath of the then-largest mass shooting in U.S. history, the Century 16 Theater shooting on July 20, 2012.

Mr. Oates is a graduate of Bucknell University and holds advanced degrees from New York University and New York Law School. He is an admitted attorney in New York, New Jersey and Colorado. Mr. Oates is a long-time member of both the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and a past President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.

Mr. Oates also served for 15 years on the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), the national advisory panel of police chiefs and sheriffs, created in 2004 to advise the U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security on intelligence and security strategies in a post-9/11 world.


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Judith Pal


  • Principal, 10-8 Communications
  • Former Assistant Commissioner, New York Police Department (NYPD)
  • Former Chief of Staff, Baltimore, MD, and Milwaukee, WI, Police Departments
  • Former Communications Lead, City of Irvine, CA, Atlanta, and Savannah, GA, Police Departments

With more than 30 years’ experience, Judy Pal has served in management and public relations positions for public safety, government, and the professional sports and entertainment industry in both Canada and the United States. A former broadcast journalist and news anchor, Ms. Pal has served in management and executive staff positions with law enforcement across North America.

Prior to embarking on a full‐time teaching and consulting career, she served as the Assistant Commissioner with the NYPD, Director of Operations for the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI‐LEEDA) Chief of Staff with the Baltimore and Milwaukee Police Departments, and was a member of the command staff of the Atlanta and Savannah, GA, and Halifax, Canada, Police Departments.

She also worked in the private sector with former NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton working on international law enforcement projects with the government of Chile and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. She has spoken at events across North America, as well as in Australia, Uruguay and Manila. She is a regular instructor for FBI Regional Command Colleges across the country, FBI‐LEEDA, the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Texas, and is a past President of the National Information Officers Association. She conducted training for thousands of law enforcement professionals, including commanders with the NYPD.

Ms. Pal began her career in professional sports, working with the Stanley Cup-winning Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL) before joining the Edmonton‐ based Canadian affiliate of Ogilvy‐Mather as a consultant. She moved to the East Coast to pursue broadcast journalism with Global Television, serving as a program host, anchor, producer and reporter before moving to law enforcement.

Upon moving to the U.S., Ms. Pal worked with Madison Square Garden - CT before returning to law enforcement.

Ms. Pal holds a master's degree in public relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and earned her certificate in police leadership from Dalhousie University, both in Canada.


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Edward P. Plaugher


  • Member, Charity Rebuilding NOMADS
  • Former Fire Chief, Arlington County, VA
  • Former Deputy Fire Chief, Fairfax County, VA
  • Former Assistant Executive Director, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)

In January 2013, Chief Ed Plaugher retired as the Assistant Executive Director of the IAFC and its Director of National Programs and Consulting Services, a position he held with the IAFC since 2006.

Chief Plaugher began his career in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter while in high school. After serving 24 years with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and retiring as a Deputy Fire Chief, he was appointed to the position of Fire Chief of the Arlington County Fire Department, Arlington, VA. He held this position until his retirement in June 2004. At the annual meeting of the IAFC in August 2004, he was named Career Fire Chief of the Year by the IAFC and Fire Chief magazine. Chief Plaugher's career spans more than 40 years as a fire service professional.

In addition, Chief Plaugher is the former President of the State Fire Chiefs Association of Virginia. He is a life member of the IAFC and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and is currently the Chair for NFPA 950 and 951 the Standard and Guide of Data Exchange for the Fire Service, both documents published by the NFPA. As a member of both associations, he served on the National Fire Code and Terrorism Committees. Chief Plaugher was a member of the Emergency Response Senior Advisory Committee (ERSAC) of the Homeland Security Council (HSC) of the Department of Homeland Security, and served as a special advisor to the Defense Science Board for the Department of Defense. He holds a bachelor's degree in fire administration and technology from George Mason University and completed the Executive Fire Officers (EFO) course at the National Fire Academy. Chief Plaugher taught for over 20 years at the Northern Virginia Community College, Fire Science Program. Since 1979, he has been an adjunct faculty member and course developer for the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. He has contributed sections to the Industrial Fire Hazards Handbook and the Fire Protection Handbook, both published by the NFPA.

Chief Plaugher, as Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), Fire Chiefs Terrorism Committee, directed the regional terrorism preparedness efforts for the National Capital Region and was the Executive Agent for the nation's first Metropolitan Medical Strike Team. On Sept. 11th, 2001, as Chief of the Fire Department, Chief Plaugher led Arlington County’s response efforts to the terrorist attack at the Pentagon. Arlington’s Fire Department coordinated and led the local, regional, state and federal response to the incident. For both the preparedness and response efforts, Chief Plaugher was awarded the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in June 2004.


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Brett C. Railey


  • Senior Public Safety Consultant, The Digital Decision
  • Former Chief of Police, City of Winter Park, FL
  • Former President, Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA)

Beginning his law enforcement career with the Florida Highway Patrol in 1977, Chief Railey has over 39 years of experience in law enforcement, serving 35 of those with the Winter Park, FL, Police Department. He was Captain of the Patrol Division when he was promoted to the rank of Chief in 2009. From 2015 to 2016, Chief Railey served as President of the FPCA, the third-largest statewide police chief’s organization in the country.

Chief Railey has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty for the Institute of Police Technology and Management since 1987 and trains subject matter experts to instruct the Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety workshops. As a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA), Chief Railey trains police executives across the country in the Department of Justice-sponsored course “Making Effective Use of Crime Analysis” and consults as part of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Collaborative Reform Technical Assistance Center. He also consults under a contract with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is a member of the IACP and the Police Executive Research Forum. He is the recipient of the IACP J. Stannard Baker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety and was awarded the Public Lifesaver Award by the NHTSA.

Chief Railey retired in 2016, now supports the strategic planning process in smaller police agencies and serves as an instructor in Evidence Based Strategic Decision Making for Police Executives. In addition to instructing around the United States, Chief Railey has taught law enforcement topics to organizations in Canada; the Virgin Islands; Kuwait; Colombia; Mexico and to the Brazilian National Police Force.


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Charles H. Ramsey


  • Public Safety Advisor, U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • Former Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department
  • Former Chief, Metropolitan (Washington, DC) Police Department

Charles H. Ramsey was appointed Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department on Jan. 7, 2008, by Mayor Michael A. Nutter. He retired in January 2016 after serving eight years as Commissioner and leading the fourth-largest police department in the nation with over 6,600 sworn and 830 civilian members. Commissioner Ramsey brings over 50 years of knowledge, experience and service in advancing the law enforcement profession in three major city police departments, beginning with Chicago, then Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. Commissioner Ramsey was the longest-serving chief of the Metropolitan Police Department since DC Home Rule and the second-longest-serving chief in department history.

Commissioner Ramsey has been at the forefront of developing innovative policing strategies and leading organizational change for the past 25 years. He is an internationally recognized practitioner and educator in his field, and is the Immediate Past President of both the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA). He is the only law enforcement professional to have served as president of both prominent organizations at the same time and is the only police professional to receive the Leadership Award from three major law enforcement organizations: the FBI National Executive Institute, the PERF and the MCCA.

In December 2014, following several high-profile incidents involving police use of force, President Barack Obama chose Commissioner Ramsey to serve as Co-Chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. In recognition for his contributions to the field of policing and public safety, he has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from four universities and served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University. In January 2017, Commissioner Ramsey became a Law Enforcement Analyst for CNN. He was also appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to serve as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and Chairman of the Pennsylvania School Safety Committee. In August 2019, Governor Wolf appointed him to serve as his Senior Advisor for Gun Violence Prevention. He is currently Principal Deputy Monitor overseeing federal consent decrees in Baltimore and Cleveland, and is a Founding Partner in the consulting firm 21st Century Policing Solutions, LLC.

In 1999, Commissioner Ramsey partnered with the Anti-Defamation League and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in developing an innovative and experiential training program called "Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons from the Holocaust." As President of the MCCA, he co-founded the Police Executive Leadership Institute, a program specifically designed to develop the next generation of police leaders. In 2015, Commissioner Ramsey partnered with the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia developing an innovative training for police called “Policing in a More Perfect Union.”

In July 2009, Commissioner Ramsey was appointed as a member of the Cambridge Review Committee, an independent national committee to help identify lessons learned from the arrest of Harvard Professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr. In 2010, he oversaw the Kensington Strangler investigation, which resulted in the arrest and conviction of Antonio Rodriguez for the murders of three prostitutes in Philadelphia’s Kensington District. Commissioner Ramsey was asked in Fall 2011, by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, to serve on the new Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety, an exclusive group of renowned scholars and practitioners that met over a three-year period to set the public policy agenda for the policing profession for the next two decades. He was a member of the Executive Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), served on the National Homeland Security Advisory Council and is also an advisor to the FBI’s National Executive Institute. He has served as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee for both the IACP and the MCCA. He currently serves as an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In November 2016, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.

Commissioner Ramsey holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in criminal justice from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Executive Institute. He completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security in February 2008.

Commissioner Ramsey has lectured nationally on community policing as an Adjunct Faculty member of both the Northwestern University and Lewis University Traffic Institute's School of Police Staff and Command. He is an expert in the area of policing and homeland security. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University and serves as an advisor to several police departments including Baltimore; Chicago; Cleveland; Grand Rapids, MI; Los Angeles; Sacramento, CA; University of Cincinnati; Miami Gardens, FL; and Wilmington, DE. He also has worked with the Police Executive Research Forum and police departments in the United Kingdom, Israel, Jordan and with the Palestinian Police on the West Bank.

In December 2015, the city of Philadelphia named the Philadelphia Police Department Training Academy Auditorium the Charles H. Ramsey Training and Education Auditorium. In 2015, the U.S. Congress honored him by approving a U.S. postage stamp bearing his likeness. In October 2018, he delivered the keynote address at the grand opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC.


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Ellis M. Stanley Sr.


  • Managing Partner, Ellis Stanley Partners
  • Chair, Global Board of Directors, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
  • Former Director, Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency
  • Former General Manager, Emergency Preparedness Department, City of Los Angeles

Ellis M. Stanley Sr. is the Managing Partner of Ellis Stanley Partners and has over 40 years of practitioner experience in emergency management, homeland security and major event planning. He has an international reputation, currently serving as Chair of the Global Board of Directors for the IAEM. He was part of a multi-disciplinary team that researched Haiti and Chile following major earthquakes. He conducted senior crisis management seminars for Argentina, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Paraguay, Jordan, Turkey and Taiwan.

He began his career as Director of Emergency Management for Brunswick County, NC, in 1975. As First Fire Marshal and then Fire and Rescue Commissioner, he developed one of the first nuclear facility plans in the wake of the Three Mile Island disaster. He went on to serve as the Director of the Durham-Durham County Emergency Management Agency in North Carolina, Director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency in Atlanta, the General Manager of the Emergency Preparedness Department for the city of Los Angeles, and the Vice President of Emergency Management and Disaster Mitigation for Dewberry, LLC. He has contributed to nuclear facility plans, hazardous materials planning, emergency management research and major event planning.

Mr. Stanley served as Director of the Democratic National Planning Committee for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. As a trainer, he has served as the discipline expert for many major events, including the 1984 and 1996 Summer Olympics. As Atlanta’s Emergency Manager for the 1996 Centennial Games, he was responsible for training as well as managing the Emergency Operations Center for the public health aspects of the games, which included developing and rolling out the first operational Metropolitan Medical Strike Team (MMST) in the country for the games. Other major events included the Papal and World Youth Conference in Denver in 1994, the 1995 Special Olympics in the city of New Haven, CT; the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans; the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, and the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. As the nine host cities of the 1994 World Cup planned for their matches, Mr. Stanley was called to provide Integrated Emergency Management System (IEMS) and Emergency Operations Center training. He has also provided training as cities prepared for events like Super Bowls, World Series and NBA Championships.

Mr. Stanley has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an honorary doctor of public service degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.


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Karen P. Tandy


  • Member, Homeland Security Advisory Council and Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking
  • Chairwoman, Board of Directors, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Former Administrator, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Former U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General
  • Former Chairwoman, Board of Directors, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Karen P. Tandy has more than 40 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors with executive board experience serving on for-profit and nonprofit boards. She heads a government affairs consulting firm in the Washington, DC, area.

Ms. Tandy was appointed by President George, W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first female to head the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where she managed a $2.4 billion budget and approximately 11,000 employees in 86 global offices from 2003 to 2007. During her tenure, the DEA dismantled 80% more significant drug-trafficking organizations, contributing to a 23% reduction in teen drug use, and the lowest level of workplace drug use in almost 20 years.

Prior to the DEA, Ms. Tandy led the nationwide Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces, comprised of thousands of federal and state law enforcement agents and prosecutors across the U.S. After 12 years as a federal prosecutor, she was named U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General during the Clinton and Bush administrations, with responsibility for developing national policy and strategies involving drug enforcement and counter money laundering.

In the private sector, Ms. Tandy was the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Motorola Solutions, where she was Motorola’s top public-policy spokesperson on issues related to global telecom policy.

Ms. Tandy was appointed by the U.S. Congress to the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking in 2020. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, previously leading its law enforcement operations committee. She also is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council (DHS HSAC), appointed under the Obama and Trump administrations. Previously, Ms. Tandy chaired the Board of Directors of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (2019 to 2020) and chaired several law enforcement-related Homeland Security Advisory Council Panels, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Integrity and Use of Force (2015 to 2016): Immigration and Customs Enforcement Use of Privatized Detention Facilities (2016); and CBP Families and Children Care at the Southwest Border (2018 to 2019).

Ms. Tandy is a lawyer admitted to the state bars of Texas and Virginia, and is the Founder and Principal of KPT Consulting, LLC. She resides in northern Virginia.


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J. Scott Thomson


  • Past President, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
  • Former Chief of Police, Camden County, NJ
  • Former President, PERF

John Scott Thomson was sworn in as Chief of the Camden County Police Department on May 1, 2013. Prior to that, he served as Chief of the former Camden Police Department since 2008. Chief Thomson began his law enforcement career in 1992. He holds a master's degree in education from Seton Hall University and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Rutgers University.

During his career, Chief Thomson ascended through the ranks of the Camden Police Department. In 2011, he received the Gary P. Hayes Memorial Award from the PERF for Innovation and Leadership in Policing.

He served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Discovery in Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Matters, and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Committees for Officer Involved Shooting Responses, Conducted Energy Devices and Body Worn Cameras. In 2017, he received the H. Norman Schwarzkopf Award for Policing Excellence from the New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition.

Chief Thomson provided testimony for the President’s Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing on using community policing to reduce crime. He served as the Chairman of the Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Chief Thomson sits on the Board of Advisors for the New York University School of Law Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, the American Law Institute Principles of the Law—Police Investigations, the U.S. Attorney General Global Advisory Committee on Law Enforcement Use-of-Force Investigations Task Team, and the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. He is the Co-Chair of The Policing Project at New York University Law School, an Executive Fellow for the Police Foundation in Washington, DC, and a member of the Harvard University Law Enforcement Summit Executive Leadership Group.

Chief Thomson is the Past President of the PERF in Washington, DC.


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