Deputy Chief Eddie Reyes (Ret.) is the Director of Public Safety Communications in Prince William County, VA. Prior to this role, Eddie was a Senior Law Enforcement Project Manager with the National Policing Institute. Before joining the National Policing Institute, Eddie retired from the Amtrak Police Department after serving with them since February 2016. During his time with the Amtrak Police Department, he commanded all field operations and criminal investigations in the Mid-Atlantic Division, which includes all states between Pennsylvania and Florida. The Amtrak Police Department is a national police force committed to protecting the passengers, employees, and stakeholders of Amtrak. The more than 500 sworn and civilian personnel at more than 30 locations in 46 states conduct a range of behind-the-scenes and front line security measures to ensure Amtrak employee, passenger, and infrastructure safety and security.
Prior to working with the Amtrak Police Department, Chief Reyes retired from the Alexandria Police Department after 25 years of service, rising through the ranks of entry-level police officer to Deputy Chief in 2009. While in Alexandria, he worked in almost every unit of the Police Department, including being the Department’s first domestic violence investigator. In 2000, he was the commander of the Emergency Communications Center and in the communications and interoperability “trenches” during the terrible incidents on September 11th and the Sniper incident that gripped the National Capital Region. In 2002 he was assigned fulltime to the National Institute of Justice CommTech Program (formerly the AGILE Program) and served there for three years conducting research, development and outreach in the communications and the interoperability arena when it was barely recognized at the national level as a critical public safety concern. Chief Reyes managed public safety radio interoperability operations for the City of Alexandria and continues to be a key player in the National Capital Region on communications, interoperability, data-sharing, mobile broadband, license plate reader programs, and most recently body worn camera programs. He has served as a respected leader and liaison in the Hispanic community, a Patrol Sector Captain, Deputy Chief of the Operations Support Bureau, the Administrative Services Bureau, and the Patrol Operations Bureau. He retired as second in command of the Police Department. Chief Reyes successfully oversaw two CALEA on-site accreditation processes as the Deputy Chief of the Administrative Services Bureau.
In the National Capital Region (NCR), Deputy Chief Reyes chaired the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Police Technology Subcommittee. This committee focuses on regional technology issues impacting law enforcement and reports to the regions’ police chiefs. During his tenure, and in collaboration with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), this subcommittee focused on implementing a regional law enforcement data sharing system (Law Enforcement Information Exchange – LInX) that includes NCIS and now over 160 municipalities in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Deputy Chief Reyes has served on the NCR-LInX Governance Board Executive Committee since 2009 and the Chair since 2011.
In 2006 Chief Reyes served as the chairman of the Virginia State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC). This committee coordinated interoperability issues statewide through end user collaboration and reported to Governor Mark Warner through the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness before the Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (SWIC) were created.
Focusing on training and standards for public safety communications was his priority while serving on this committee, including a statewide, standardized radio protocol, also known as common language protocol. He has been instrumental in assisting public safety agencies across the country transition from coded radio protocol to a common language protocol. In 2008 Virginia Governor Tim Kaine appointed Chief Reyes to the Virginia Latino Advisory Board and the Commission on Immigration where he helped to advise the Governor on complex topics impacting Virginia’s Latino community, such as economic, professional, cultural, and educational development as well as sensitive immigration issues between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Latino community.
Chief Reyes has been a highly respected and sought after member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) presenting at many IACP conference sessions and committee meetings where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Communications and Technology Committee. In 2008 he served as the chairman of the IACP Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section. Chief Reyes is also an active member of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and the SAFECOM Executive Committee, representing the IACP on each. He is an active member of the IACP’s Communications and Technology Committee and will chair this committee as of October 2015. In January 2011, Chief Reyes was appointed by Federal Communications (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski as the Vice-Chair of the FCC Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC) Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).
He currently serves on the Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG), an assembly of multidiscipline professionals from eight interest communities, including law enforcement, sharing a common concern for transportation and public safety. Chief Reyes also represents the IACP on the Counter Terrorism Operations Support (CTOS) – Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training at the Nevada National Security Site developing training courses for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Directorate (NPD), National Training and Education Division (NTED), Training Operations within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This training prepares first responders to take immediate, decisive action to prevent or mitigate terrorist use of radiological or nuclear weapons of mass destruction, such as improvised nuclear devices (INDs).
Deputy Chief Reyes is a graduate of the FBI National Academy – 227th Session (2006); Leadership Alexandria 2010; Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) – Senior Management Institute for Police – 47th Session (2011) a past member of the Board of Rebuilding Together Alexandria, and adjunct professor at George Mason University teaching undergraduate courses for the Criminology, Law, and Society Department.
Deputy Chief Reyes is a native of New Mexico and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University. He also earned a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration with a concentration in Administration of Justice at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.