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Eddie Reyes – thoughts from the USA

In conversation with Eddie Reyes

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Former Director of the Department of Public Safety Communications in Prince William County, Eddie L. Reyes is joining the PolicingTV team.

Eddie retired as the Director of the Department of Public Safety Communications in Prince William County, VA after serving in that capacity for more than four years. He oversaw Prince William County’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), which is responsible for answering all 9-1-1 calls and dispatching incidents for police and fire/rescue services in the County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, as well as the towns of Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan and Quantico.

Prince William County is the second largest municipality in the Commonwealth of Virginia in terms of population. Eddie has 28 years of law enforcement experience, retiring as the senior deputy chief from the Alexandria, VA Police Department and serving as Deputy Chief of the Amtrak Police Department where he oversaw the Mid Atlantic Division.

During his tenure with the City of Alexandria, he worked in almost every unit of the Police Department and worked some high-profile incidents including the attack at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the Sniper incidents in 2002 and many mutual aid events in the National Capital Region. During his tenure with the Amtrak Police Department, he represented the Amtrak Rail Service at both the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. In addition, he was responsible for planning the security and safety of rail passengers at Washington Union Station during the Inauguration of the President of the United States in January 2017.

He was the IACP’s co-representative when the major public safety associations were lobbying congress for the D Block of spectrum, which we know today as FirstNet. He is the past chairman of APCO’s Spectrum and Technology Committee; a past chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Police Communications Committee; the past Chairman of Virginia’s State Interoperability Executive Committee under Governor Mark Warner, and the past chairman of the IACP’s Communications and Technology Committee. He also served as the chairman of the Governance Working Group for APCO’s Project 43 (Broadband Implications for the PSAP). Since the early 2000’s, Eddie has been intimately involved with large scale public events and with technology specifically related to law enforcement operations and public safety communications centers, such land mobile radio systems, call processing equipment for 9-1-1 (CPE), enhancing location accuracy for 9-1-1 callers, computer aided dispatch (CAD) systems, mobile data terminals, automatic vehicle locator systems, body worn camera programs, firearm discharge detection technology and small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS).

Lastly Eddie also served with the National Policing Institute as a Senior Law Enforcement Project Manager and now serves as an Executive Fellow.

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