Protecting Life & Civil Liberties - Masters of Collaboration

Collaboration is no longer an option. In today’s interconnected society, agencies and organizations must communicate with each other, coordinate resources, and align priorities. In Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco, California, the United States Park Police (USPP) at each location face even greater challenges because of their close proximity to national and international people and places of interest, as well as to the critical infrastructure that is weaved into the daily operations of those major metropolitan cities.

The USPP must coordinate efforts among various branches within its organizational structure, as well as with outside agencies. Headquartered in the nation’s capital, the USPP is responsible for large areas of federal parkland that lie adjacent to land and property protected by neighboring law enforcement agencies. To maximize resources, and avoid the added cost associated with bringing in USPP officers from other parts of the nation, there are benefits for collaborating with those neighboring agencies.

However, somebody has to take the first step and open the lines of communication. The relationships and collaboration, which have led to the successful implementation of thousands of special events held each year on federal land, have been many years in the making. When tragedies such as the 16 September 2013 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard take place, the planning, training, and collaboration cultivated from scheduled events help promote a more rapid and effective response to such unplanned incidents.

For the USPP, every day is different and each planned event serves as a new learning and training opportunity to better prepare for the unexpected. Partnering with outside agencies is a key factor for success. By facilitating resource sharing and promoting greater situational awareness, such partnerships are the foundation for building a safer, more protected homeland.

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Charles Guddemi
Charles J. Guddemi

Charles Guddemi is the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency’s (HSEMA) statewide interoperability coordinator (SWIC). He is responsible for coordinating interoperability and communications projects involving voice, data, and video. He chairs the District’s Interoperable Communications Committee and Cellular Industry/WiFi Provider Working Group. He serves as the secretary for the Statewide Interoperability Executives Council, is a member of the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators and current co-chair of FEMA’s Region III Regional Emergency Communications Coordinators Working Group. He also participates on several Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) committees and working groups. He joined HSEMA after a 25-year career with the United States Park Police (USPP). His assignments included working in Washington, D.C., New York Field Office, San Francisco Field Office, and the National Park Service Northeast Regional Headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He achieved the rank of deputy chief serving as the commander of the Services Division.



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