Bill Alexander and Troy Anderson to take Memorial experience and Officer Safety and Wellness programs and initiatives into the future
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 22, 2022) – The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is pleased to officially announce the hiring of two former law enforcement officers to its executive team. Bill Alexander joins the organization as Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Troy Anderson as Executive Director of Officer Safety and Wellness.
“We often talk about our three core pillars that the Fund serves: the Memorial, the Museum, and Officer Safety and Wellness. Both gentlemen have a major role in two of those pillars, and they exemplify the standards of what those pillars mean through respecting, honoring, and remembering law enforcement. Their approach to furthering our programs, and their desire to improve every aspect of our organization, supports our overall goals of honoring the fallen and making it safer for those who serve,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “Being retired law enforcement officials with deep institutional knowledge and enthusiasm for the law enforcement profession positions our organization well for future growth. I am confident that their relentless pursuit in taking their respective departments to the next level, and finding new ways to make an impact, will enhance our organization and law enforcement as a whole.”
As a results-driven, former law enforcement professional, Bill Alexander joins the organization with nearly 30 years of overall experience, starting with the United States Air Force as a Security Police Officer at Andrews Air Force Base, located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He began the next phase of his career, joining the Prince George’s County Police Department in August 1997, first as a Patrol Officer and later, a Commander, serving in a variety of supervisory roles. From January 2015 to 2022, he served as a Lead Legislative Liaison, tasked with representing the department and Chief of Police. This role helped forge essential relationships, working directly with elected leaders, senior government officials, state and local legislators, and various advocacy groups such as the Maryland Chiefs of Police and Maryland Sheriffs’ Associations. Alexander was also Commander of the Training and Education Division, where he oversaw a progressive, community policing-based police academy responsible for training new recruits and existing sworn and civilian personnel. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and a Master’s degree in Leadership from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Alexander’s leadership and extensive background in areas such as crisis management, emergency preparedness, along with training and education will help shape the Memorial’s goals for years to come.
Following the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012, Troy Anderson was tasked with managing the Connecticut State Police CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) team, deployed on-site, that provided interventions and debriefings for affected members of the State Police, municipal and federal law enforcement partners, first responder staff, support personnel, imbedded clinicians, and state senior executives. For his critical role, he was the recipient of the Commissioners Sandy Hook Recognition Award along with other outstanding achievements during his law enforcement career.
The Connecticut native began his career in law enforcement more than 30 years ago as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer and served in combat operations in the Middle East during Operation Desert Shield and Storm. Anderson served the Connecticut State Police as a Sergeant for 26 years, retiring as the Director of Wellness and Resilience. During his career he served on patrol, as a Resident State Trooper, Detective, Internal Affairs investigator, and was the creator and program manager for STOPS (State Troopers Offering Peer Support) program for ten years.
Anderson was the recipient of the 2013 International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) Cofounders Award for Excellence in Critical Intervention and/or Disaster Response based on his work with the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, the 2016 Officer Paul Buchanan Memorial Peer Support Award for Extraordinary Leadership and Dedication to Mental Health and Well-being, and has presented extensively on critical incident stress management and peer support across the United States, Canada and Europe.
Anderson’s incredible background and critical experience in the mental and physical wellness of law enforcement officers is vast and provides a fresh approach in building Officers Safety and Wellness programs for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
About the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of all of the 22,611 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building is committed to preserving the history of American law enforcement and sharing the experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come.
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