The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently appointed IACP President Walter A. McNeil, Chief of the Quincy, Florida, Police Department, to the Homeland Security Advisory Council(HSAC).
The HSAC is an independent, bipartisan advisory board of leaders from state and local government, first-responder communities, the private sector, and academia, and provides advice and recommendations to Secretary Napolitano on matters related to homeland security.
Judge William Webster, Chairman of the HSAC, said upon McNeil’s appointment, “Chief McNeil brings a unique perspective to the HSAC. From his extensive background in law enforcement, juvenile justice, and corrections, Chief McNeil’s expertise will be well utilized by the advisory group.”
During his two-year term on the HSAC, President McNeil will provide recommendations on
- Strategy and Policy: recommendations that will further DHS’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, or other emergencies.
- Leadership and Coordination: recommendations on improving the DHS’s leadership and coordination, internally across the department, externally across the federal government, and among state, local and tribal governments, first responders, the private and nonprofit sectors, academia, and research communities.
- Management and Implementation: recommendations on the development and implementation of specific programs or initiatives to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, or other emergencies.
- Evaluation and Feedback: recommendations on the efficiency and effectiveness of DHS programs to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, or other emergencies.
About Chief McNeil: Prior to his position in Quincy, Chief McNeil served as the secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections for three years and the secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice prior to that. Chief McNeil also served as the chief of the Tallahassee Police Department for nearly 10 years, rising through the ranks after starting out as an officer with the department. Chief McNeil holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
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