Changemakers of Law Enforcement
The response to the challenges brought by the 9/11 attacks—or, in some cases, simply illuminated by the attacks—needed law enforcement leaders willing to innovate and answer the call of duty. By speaking to a selection of these changemakers that helped the country respond and move forward, we will learn more about the ways American law enforcement evolved after 9/11, how those changes inform our current challenges and opportunities, and better understand leadership principles and techniques/approaches used by these leaders.
- Marcia Ferranto, CEO, National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum
- Jessica Toliver, Director of Technical Assistance, Police Executive Research Forum
- Mike Rolince, Section Chief, Counterterrorism Division, FBI Headquarters on 9/11
- Joshua Ederheimer, Deputy Director, Federal Protective Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Chief Ronald Haddad, Dearborn (MI) Police Department
- Caroline Lynch, Formerly Chief Counsel of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
- Ronald E. Brooks, Founder & Principal, Brooks Bawden Moore LLC
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Section Chief, Counterterrorism Division, FBI Headquarters on 9/11
A former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office Counterterrorism Division, Mr. Rolince is an independent consultant supporting the FBI’s countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Office.
Michael Rolince is an expert in counterterrorism, intelligence and counterintelligence investigations and operations.Having served as the Acting Assistant Director of the FBI’s Intelligence Directorate, Rolince has extensive operational experience in targeting terrorist groups and crafting responses to major terrorist incidents, including the attacks at Khobar Towers, the East Africa Embassy bombings, the Millennium conspiracy, the attack on the USS Cole and the attacks of September 11, 2001, while serving as Chief, International Terrorism Operations Section, FBIHQ. Rolince was a founding member of the FBI – Arab American and Muslim Advisory Council and he remains fully engaged in the issues relevant to the national dialogue, to include terrorist recruitment, radicalization, counter radicalization, homegrown violent extremism, and the foreign fighter phenomenon.
Rolince served two terms on the Board of Directors of the FBI’s InfraGard program, a public-private partnership dedicated to protecting American infrastructure and he also served on the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) Advisory Board. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Rolince received multiple commendations to include the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence and the Presidential Rank Award, in recognition of his continuous efforts over three decades of service at the FBI, to mitigate significant threats to the United States.
Following 31 years of service, Rolince retired as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office (WFO) Counterterrorism Division.
Joshua A. Ederheimer
Deputy Director – Federal Protective Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
As a Deputy Director of the FPS, Mr. Ederheimer serves on the senior leadership team responsible for the strategic management of the agency. Specific portfolio includes leading the Training and Professional Development Directorate (TPD) and the Policy, Communications, and Engagement Directorate (PCE).
TPD responsibilities encompass the agency’s training and professional development operations that include the FPS National Training Academy at FLETC-Glynco GA, the FPS Specialized Training Center in Alexandria VA, and the FPS K-9 explosive detection training at Lackland AFB TX (co-located with TSA). Responsible for developing and implementing FPS’ pandemic response, HAZMAT, Public Order, Computer-based and Virtual, active shooter, K9 explosive detection, physical security, special agent (1811), intelligence, in-service, and new-hire training. Developed and implemented the agency’s Career Ladder Progression Office, as well as a newly established Office of Recruiting. Responsible for procuring the agency’s weapons and specialized equipment.
PCE responsibilities include the agency’s Congressional Affairs, Communications (including press office), Intergovernmental, Policy & Strategic Planning, Privacy, and FOIA components. Responsible for the Agency’s Presidential Transition Office.
Mr. Ederheimer previously served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Justice. He worked at the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) where he served as Principal Deputy Director and was designated by the Attorney General as Acting Director. In these roles he was tasked with ensuring the Department of Justice’s priorities were achieved through the management of an active portfolio of nearly $3 Billion. The COPS Office is the federal agency in the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for supporting local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies in all 50 States and U.S. Territories.
Mr. Ederheimer also served as the Senior Law Enforcement Advisor at the Office of Tribal Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice where he provided expert advice, guidance, and assistance on comprehensive law enforcement matters, including broad tribal, national, and international subjects and local policing issues and trends. Mr. Ederheimer created the Indian Country Federal Law Enforcement Coordination Group that brought together all of the Federal Law Enforcement agencies that had responsibility in Indian Country to enhance coordination.
He also served as the inaugural Senior Law Enforcement Advisor to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), where he stood up its law enforcement portfolio. FirstNet was created in response to 9/11 to develop, build, and operate the country’s first nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety.
Prior to joining the Federal government, Mr. Ederheimer spent 22 years with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington D.C., rising to the rank of Assistant Chief. While there he designed and implemented numerous complex training and community policing programs, several of which evolved into national models.
Mr. Ederheimer has served on several boards including the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, National Law Enforcement Museum, International Law Enforcement Forum, and the District of Columbia Police Standards and Training Board.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Justice from American University, and a master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Johns Hopkins University.
Chief Ronald Haddad
Chief of Police, Dearborn (MI) Police Department
Ronald Haddad, appointed in 2008, currently serves as the Dearborn, Michigan, Chief of Police. Chief Haddad is recognized nationally for his community policing advocacy. He has forged best practices and presented at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP), and Department of Justice conferences on use of force, de-escalation, mental fitness intervention and special needs. He has served on several national task forces including the IACP bias-free training for law enforcement executives. Previously, Chief Haddad served 34 years in the City of Detroit and retired as a deputy chief. Chief Haddad is a graduate of Highland Park College – Associate Degree, University of Detroit Mercy – Bachelor’s degree, Eastern Michigan University – Master’s degree, and is a graduate of Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command. Chief Haddad is a leading participant in the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program and is the recipient of the prestigious Governing Magazine 2011 Public Official of the Year.
Owner, Copper Hill Strategies and former Chief Counsel of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Caroline Lynch is the founder and owner of Copper Hill Strategies, LLC, providing client-focused government relations, strategic planning, legislative, and business development services. She has fifteen years of Capitol Hill experience, including a decade with the House Judiciary Committee where she served for eight years as the Chief Counsel of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. Caroline utilizes her expertise in public policy and the legislative process to advise clients on wide array of policy issues, including surveillance and encryption, CDA 230, facial recognition, and blockchain and cryptocurrency.
On Capitol Hill, Caroline was at the forefront of developing some of the most high-profile privacy, cybersecurity, national security, and criminal laws of the 21st Century, including updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act and FISA Amendments Act, and the USA FREEDOM Act enacted in response to the Edward Snowden leaks. She authored dozens of pieces of legislation and developed strategies to successfully shepherd those bills through Congress.
Caroline advised members on a variety of issues, including online child exploitation and sex trafficking, illegal drug distribution and money laundering, data breach notification and cybersecurity. She led the joint Bipartisan Encryption Working Group established by the House Judiciary and Energy and Commerce Committees following the San Bernardino terrorist attack to examine the complex legal and policy issues surrounding encryption.
Prior to joining the Judiciary Committee, Caroline served as Chief Counsel of the House Republican Policy Committee, Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and Clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals. She previously served in the personal office of former Congressman John Shadegg from 1996 to 2000.
Caroline is a member of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Board, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, the Arizona Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, and the Arizona Technology Council. She has guest-lectured at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the Texas A & M University School of Law, and the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. Caroline is a 2003 graduate of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Ronald E. Brooks
Founder & Principal, Brooks Bawden Moore LLC
Ronald E. Brooks is a founding member of Brooks Bawden Moore, LLC, a government relations and business strategy consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Prior to founding BBM, Ron served thirty-eight years in law enforcement with extensive executive, management, investigative, homeland security and criminal intelligence experience.
Ron retired in 2012 as the Director of the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC) and the Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
As the Director, Ron managed all operations of the NCRIC-HIDTA in a fifteen-county operational area. The NCRIC is one of eighty fusion centers operated by state and local governments and designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that make up the National Network of Fusion Centers.
Prior to the NCRIC, Ron retired from the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) as an Assistant Chief, having served in most ranks and assignments. Before promotion to Assistant Chief, Ron served as the Senior Special Agent in Charge (SSAC) at BNE’s San Jose Regional Office and as a commander of four multi-agency task forces. As a collateral duty, Ron was assigned as the Director of Congressional Affairs for the California Department of Justice – Division of Law Enforcement. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ron served as a police officer and sergeant with the Redwood City Police Department and as a deputy sheriff with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
Ron was a founding member and Chairperson of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), a Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) created after the terror attacks on 9-11 to advise and create policy guidance for the U.S. Attorney General and DOJ staff on matters involving criminal intelligence and information sharing. The CICC developed most criminal intelligence and information sharing policy frameworks that are now deployed by Federal, state and local law enforcement nationwide. Ron was also a member of the U.S. Department of Justice Global Justice Initiative Advisory Committee and the Global Executive Steering Committee. Ron was appointed by DHS as the only state or local law enforcement representative to the White House Interagency Policy Committee on Information Sharing and Access (IPC-ISA), a component of the national security apparatus.
Ron was a founding member and served four years as the Chair of the State and Local Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Partners Board for the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). This board was one of only two external advisory groups to the ODNI.
Ron has been an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Intelligence Led Policing Summits and many other forums regarding information sharing and law enforcement intelligence. He is a long-time member of the IACP Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Committee and Homeland Security Committee
Ron has been a member of the Executive Board of the California Narcotic Officers’ Association (CNOA) since 1984 and served as that organization’s President in 1995. He is a founding member and served sixteen years as the President of the National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition, (NNOAC) which represents forty-six state narcotic officers’ associations with a combined membership of more than 65,000 police officers. Ron continues to volunteer for the NNOAC serving as the association’s Executive Director.
Ron has received numerous awards, including the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal, the nation’s highest Intelligence Community award for a non-IC individual (presented by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper), the Redwood City Police Department’s Medal of Valor, the National Fusion Center Association’s Thomas J. O’Reilly Lifetime Achievement Award-2020, the National Fusion Center Association’s State and Major Fusion Center Representative of the Year Award – 2012 (presented by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano) The Office of National Drug Control Policy Director’s Award (presented by ONDCP Director Richard G. Kerlikowske), The Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU) Distinguished Service Award, The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Leadership Award, the California National Guard’s Legion of Merit Medal and Medal of Merit, the California Narcotic Officers’ Associations John F. Kerrigan President’s Award (two awards – 1997 and 2013), the California Attorney General’s Award for Excellence and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Distinguished Service Medal.
Ron is a graduate of the University of San Francisco. He resides in San Jose with his wife Darlene, a retired San Jose Police Officer.