Matthew B. McDonald
Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS)
Matthew B. McDonald is the National Coordinator for the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS). RISS consists of six centers and a technical support staff serving thousands of local, state, federal, and tribal criminal justice agencies in their efforts to identify, detect, deter, prevent, and solve criminal and terrorist-related activity across the United States. Through its RISS Secure Law Enforcement Cloud (RISSNET™), information and intelligence sharing resources, investigative support, analytical services, and de-confliction program, RISS has empowered agencies to drastically increase their investigative success and enhance officer safety. RISS delivers service from the beginning of an investigation to the ultimate prosecution and conviction of criminals.
Mr. McDonald represents RISS at the nationwide level and serves as an ambassador for the program. He works extensively with government officials and federal agencies in Washington, D.C. Mr. McDonald also ensures optimal communication and coordination efforts among RISS and partner agencies in fostering opportunities to present solutions for information sharing, de-confliction, and investigative support.
Before being named RISS National Coordinator, Mr. McDonald served the law enforcement community as the MAGLOCLEN RISS Center Law Enforcement Coordinator for Eastern Pennsylvania and then as the MAGLOCLEN Training Supervisor.
Mr. McDonald retired from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Police Department at the rank of Detective. Throughout his career, he worked in high crime districts and on violent crime task forces; Major Investigations Division Narcotics Unit, Violent Traffickers Project (DEA), Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) Investigative Unit, Philadelphia/Camden HIDTA Unit (ATF). In addition, Detective McDonald provided expert testimony on gangs and drugs for the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Detective McDonald was a founding executive board member for the East Coast Gang Investigators Association. He has received several awards, most notably; the Outstanding Achievement Award from United States Attorney Janet Reno and the Humanitarian Award from the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission for working with teenage crisis intervention.
Mr. McDonald is the founding president of the Fox Chase Champions Athletic Association, dedicated to special needs children and young adults. He is also the founding president of the Fox Chase Youth Partnership, an organization formed to enhance youth activities and communication between parents, teenagers, police and other neighborhood groups.